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Business continuity and disaster recovery

Books, articles, guides and links on preparing for business risks.

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Featured article

Road testing your recovery
Disaster recovery plans are worthless if your company doesn't test them to confirm they're effective. The article discusses business continuity and productivity, strategy for the recovery plan, and key points to consider.

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Featured book

Risk and recovery
(ICAEW, 2014)
Special report on disaster planning from ICAEW's Business and Management Faculty. Contains articles on IT-related risks and real-life examples of crisis management.

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Building a resilient organisation

How to build a prosperous and sustainable business.

Business continuity strategies

A practical guide to protecting against unplanned disasters.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Is your supply chain prepared for disaster? When it comes to risk, there is no such thing as being too prepared

The article offers information on the impacts of the natural disasters on the supply chain along with strategies and approaches for its prevention and management. The topics addressed include details on completion of a risk analysis of business and its supply chain allowing for a full understanding of exposure and potential strategies and evaluation of disaster recovery preparation.

What you need to know about need disaster recovery as a service

The article offers information about the technological advances and the creation and implementation of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) for all businesses. Topics being presented include the need for companies to assess if disaster recovery as a service system is the right fit for the business as well as planning and implementing the system.

Why you really need cloud to cloud backup

The article discusses the emergence of cloud-to-cloud backup. Topics discussed included cloud-to-cloud backup for full protection of data generated by cloud-based applicaitons; advantages of cloud-to-cloud backup over local backups and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers’ own offerings; and cloud service having multiple datacentres and multiple redundant data stores to ensure business continuity.

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Useful links

Resilience in society: infrastructure, communities and businesses
A UK Cabinet Office guide to how networks and individuals can support the country's emergency planning, response and recovery and keep systems and services running.

Business continuity planning
Booklet on business continuity produced by The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) covering topics such as how to protect your staff and the information and assets vital to your business.

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
Organisation enabling individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The site includes a number of certifications standards, you can also download the latest edition of the Brexit Readiness Tracker report (freely available following registration) and purchase copies of the BCI good practice guidelines.

Business Continuity Management (BSI)
Information on Business Continuity Management publications from the BSI Group, the UK's National Standards Body.

Business continuity management toolkit
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat has developed this Business Continuity Management Toolkit to help the commercial and voluntary sector implement BCM.

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
Organisation with the aim of protecting national security by providing protective security advice. The site includes information on business continuity planning.

Crisis management and business continuity planning
Guide from Business Link to help you to identify potential risks, make preparations for emergencies and test how your business is likely to cope in a disaster. The Business Link website was replaced in October 2012 but no direct equivalent to this page has been included in GOV.UK. The archived guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive. A live version of this pages is on the Northern Ireland Business Info website

Risk management and business continuity planning
Guidance from the Scottish organisation Business Gateway.

Secure in the knowledge: building a secure business
Booklet on protecting your staff and business assets produced by The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). Follows on from the earlier publication Expecting the unexpected.

UK Financial Sector Continuity
A central point of information about work on continuity planning relevant to the UK's financial sector, established by HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority. Access information about the authorities, firms, markets, and financial infrastructure as well as telecoms, communications and physical infrastructure.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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