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The BCM Professional’s Playbook Series:

Make Active Shooter Preparedness Part of Your BC Program

Tragically, active shooter events are now 18 times more likely than workplace fires. This makes them a recognized hazard per OSHA. As your legal obligation to provide an environment safe against workplace violence continues to evolve, so should your best practices. By incorporating active shooter training into your existing Business Continuity program under the umbrella of life safety; you can guard against this growing threat with minimal disruption, fear, or employee angst. This playbook addresses regulatory concerns and legal obligations; know when to run, hide, or fight; how to build an effective active-shooter program; choosing the right trainer; and how to manage emergency communications effectively.

The Challenges of Managing Vendor Risk Contingency Plans

Organizations increasingly rely on critical, “Tier 1” vendors for essential products and services. This reliance increases their exposure to various types of risk, including regulatory risk, reputational risk, information security risk, and financial risk. Vendor Risk Management intersects with Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM) where third-party vendors provide critical products, services, or have access to critical company information. This playbook explores how—using established risk management and BCM/DR principles—we can define a practice to manage vendor risk while addressing contingency and recovery capabilities.

Convergence of Business Continuity & Risk Management

The demands placed upon Business Continuity (BC), Risk Management (RM), and Disaster Recovery (DR) pros increase every day. As a result, organizations need to reassess their approach to BCM. If they don’t, they’ll get left behind, affected by continued adherence to outdated methods. The convergence of these disciplines is ongoing. Emerging regulations, frameworks, and standards place greater emphasis on RM. As decision makers accept this evolution, BC increasingly becomes a subset of RM. How the process is implemented—the value it brings a risk-based model—determines whether or not the process is a sound.

The Evolving State of Business Continuity and Vendor Management

As business evolves; BCM professionals take on larger roles in operations, vendor management, compliance, and information security. Learn how perspectives gleaned from BC, vendor, and third-party managers illuminate the growing need to identify, mitigate, and measure risk—and substantiate our belief that BCM professionals will lead the change toward greater resiliency.

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