2021 Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW)

Business Continuity Awareness

Have you been looking for a sign to reinforce business continuity and resiliency within your organization? Consider this it. This week (5/17 – 5/23) is Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW), an annual global event that is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). The Business Continuity Institute is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the education and training of business continuity professionals and evangelization of the business resiliency message.

Back to Basics

This year’s BCAW theme is “Back to basics” and will focus on reinforcing foundational elements of business resiliency and preparedness. This includes collaboration across teams and departments to build resilience within organizations and society. To assist in this endeavor risk3sixty is focusing its efforts on being a champion for the improved resiliency across our community.

What this Means For You

You may have had trouble achieving executive buy-in or cultural change per the business continuity planning you have worked diligently in drafting. This is normal ,even with the increased focus on business continuity over the last 16 months due to COVID-19. This is where BCAW can help you.

The primary goal of BCAW is for professionals to take this evangelized business resiliency message and spread it within their organizations. As with other awareness weeks and months established by other organizations, this can be a great time to advance a specific cause.

You may find that a great return on your time investment is using this week to generate awareness in your existing program by incorporating a few ideas that take the organization back to the basics:

  • Schedule Tabletops: Schedule your next disaster recovery or business continuity tabletop with key stakeholders. Point to the global BCAW participation as a driver for gaining participation.
  • Updated Documentation: Ensure your business continuity and disaster recovery plans are up to date by reaching out to the various process owners and walking through existing documentation.
  • Feedback and Improvement: Provide updated policies and documentation to the organization with the intention of getting feedback to improve the content and flow.
  • Town Hall: Conduct a town hall with your team, not only to train, but to gain an understanding of their current thoughts on business resiliency.

Conclusion

To support the BCAW initiative and assist you in incorporating business resiliency into your organization we will be providing you with a few resources throughout the remainder of the week. These resources will address applicable frameworks and tips for building resilience into specific processes. Be sure to check back to see what useful pieces of provided information may improve your organization.

We Are Here to Help!

You are encouraged to use the information provided during BCAW to improve and grow your program; however, if you feel your team requires some additional resources don’t hesitate to contact us here for more information. We’ll provide the guidance necessary to develop a robust response posture that your team can be confident in.

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