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Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting Against Unplanned Disasters, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-04038-6
224 pages
September 2006
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Cost-efficient business contingency and continuity planning for a post-9/11 and Katrina world


Disasters can happen. Contingency plans are necessary. But how detailed and expensive do your contingency and continuity plans really need to be?

Employing a thoroughly practical approach, Business Continuity Strategies: Protecting Against Unplanned Disasters, Third Edition provides a proven methodology for implementing a realistic and cost-efficient business contingency program. Kenneth Myers--an internationally recognized contingency planning specialist--shows corporate leaders how to prepare a logical "what if" plan that would enable an organization to retain market share, service customers, and maintain cash flow if a disaster occurs.

Completely updated throughout to reflect lessons learned from 9/11 and hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, Business Continuity Strategies, Third Edition helps cost-conscious senior management:
* Establish a corporate contingency program policy and strategy that ensures timely completion of a plan, with minimal disruption to operations
* Minimize plan development costs
* Understand the importance of conducting briefings to communicate the proper mindset before the program development process begins
* Save time and money by avoiding a consultant's traditional approach of extensive information-gathering that contributes little to the development of practical solutions, but much in the way of consultant fees

Addressing countless hypothetical disaster scenarios doesn't make good business sense. Business Continuity Strategies, Third Edition helps companies focus on what is necessary to survive a natural catastrophe, workplace violence, or a terrorist attack.
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About the Author.

Preface.

1 Defining the Problem.

Business Continuity Concerns.

Characteristics of a Sound Program.

Cost-Reduction Opportunities.

Need for Cost-Effective Solutions.

Backup.

2 Workplace Violence.

Background.

Liability.

Prevention.

Incident Response.

3 Final Reports of the Federal Building and Fire Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster.

Introduction.

Increased Structural Integrity.

Enhanced Fire Endurance of Structures.

New Methods for Fire-Resistant Design of Structures.

Improved Active Fire Protection.

Improved Building Evacuation.

Improved Emergency Response.

Improved Procedures and Practices.

Education and Training.

Looking Forward.

4 New Contingency Program Paradigm.

Background.

Old Paradigm.

New Paradigm.

Transitioning to the New Paradigm.

5 Developing a Contingency Program.

Management’s Responsibility.

How Much Market Share Could Cost You?

Protect Against What?

Contingency Planning Requires Specialization.

Increased Technology Dependency.

Corporate Issue.

Contingency Program Phases.

Discretionary Expense.

Project Planning.

Awareness Education.

Business Impact Analysis.

Selecting a Methodology.

Implementation.

Maintenance and Testing.

6 Guidelines for Developing Contingency Programs at Multiple Locations.

Background.

Objectives and Scope.

Section I: Organization.

Section II: Standards for Implementation Planning.

Section III: Standards for Developing Interim Processing Strategies.

Section IV: Documentation Standards.

Section V: Standards for Ongoing Maintenance and Testing.

7 Conceptual Business Continuity Strategies for Loss of Computer Operations.

Policy and Strategy.

Executive Summary.

Glossary.

Index.

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KENNETH N. MYERS is an internationally recognized contingency planning specialist and educator. He has developed business continuity strategies for leading organizations in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Myers developed the curricula and was the course leader for contingency planning seminars for The Battelle Institute and the American Management Association and was called to consult with the largest tenant in the World Trade Center following its bombing. In this book, he presents a new contingency program paradigm reflecting the latest in contingency strategies development thinking as well as the impact of terrorism and workplace violence on business continuity needs. He is also the author of Manager's Guide to Contingency Planning for Disasters: Protecting Vital Facilities and Critical Operations and Total Contingency Planning for Disasters: Managing Risk . . . Minimizing Loss . . . Ensuring Business Continuity, both published by Wiley.
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"…Kenneth N. Myers, a renowned specialist in contingency planning, has written an excellent resource on a complex topic. It is highly recommended for anyone remotely responsible for business continuity programs. It will assist in enhancing current programs and definitely be an asset in developing new ones." (Security Management; January 2009)
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