Focus of Business Continuity Awareness Week

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial recession, companies globally have faced tremendous pressures to cut costs. Like marketing, business continuity is often an early casualty of such measures. And just as a lack of marketing leaves a company disadvantaged when the upturn comes, so skimping on business continuity can cause a company to go out of business.

In response, this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week will focus on the true cost of business continuity. The theme for the week is counting the cost, which will highlight the potential costs of not having an effective business continuity management system in place.

“When the alternative is going out of business, it’s clear that business continuity offers great value for money,” says Cindy Bodenstein, marketing manager at ContinuitySA, who are providing 4 speakers at the global event this year.

“It’s a theme that resonates with us here in South Africa because business continues to battle against global economic headwinds – but, at the same time, we have to recognise that incidents that threaten business survival, from weather to social unrest and terrorism, are unfortunately becoming extremely common. And as it’s an election year with higher levels of social tension, business disruption is a fact of business life.”

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is an annual global event organised by the Business Continuity Institute, and this year will take place on 17-21 March 2014. During the week, leading international business continuity experts will deliver free webinars.

This year’s topics presented by ContinuitySA experts include:
* Gaining efficiency and saving costs through ICT continuity on Monday 17 March at 10.00 (Jaun Harmse, senior BCM advisor at ContinuitySA);
* Counting the cost of poor communication in a crisis on Tuesday 18 March at 12:00 (Tracy Linnell, GM: Advisory Services at ContinuitySA);
* Unpacking short-term insurance for better continuity on Wednesday 19 March at 12.00 (Tracy Linnell and Jaun Harmse); and
* Do you understand your outsourced business continuity reliance? On Thursday 20 March at 10.00 (Peter Westcott, senior BCM advisor at ContinuitySA).

For further information about Business Continuity Awareness Week visit the BCI Web site

ContinuitySA will also host a breakfast presentation on “ISO22301 versus BS25999 onwards to certification” on 18 March at 08:00 at the ContinuitySA Media Briefing Centre in Midrand.

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ContinuitySA is the African continent’s leading business continuity management company.

Our team of highly skilled and qualified industry experts  can help prepare for and deal with potential threats to the optimal functioning of any business, as a result of unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA provides clients with total business continuity solutions and complete outsourcing services, through a comprehensive range of professional services backed by an unrivalled nation-wide infrastructure of facilities, including product offerings and resources.

Our services are focused on the provision of complete business continuity planning, among which include:

•             Risk management,

•             Business impact analysis,

•             Business continuity plans,

•             Crisis management planning,

•             Provision of IT and business recovery facilities including office, contact centre, treasury dealing rooms and back-office Wintel, midrange and mainframe recovery areas. All of these technologies are supported by skilled technical personnel who assist in successful Business Continuity Plan testing and have experience in recovering from actual disasters.

We operate the largest recovery facilities in Southern Africa, with over 25000 sq/m of facilities in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), a smaller site in Cape Town of 3000sq/m as well as a 1500sq/m site in Gaborone, Botswana.

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