business continuity

Is Technology Enabling or Hindering your Organization’s Success?

By Carol Williams / November 11, 2021 /

Earlier this year, our risk consulting firm and blog celebrated its five-year anniversary…suffice it to say that it’s been a wild but quite fulfilling ride… When starting out as a solo-consultant and entrepreneur, I didn’t need much in terms of technology tools. Simple spreadsheets, local file storage, a free Zoom account (long before it was…

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Auditing your BCP and DR Program – Just How Resilient is your Organization?

By Carol Williams / February 4, 2021 /

This week’s article was provided by long-time auditor and IT expert Dan Swanson. See: Auditing your BCP and DR Program – Just How Resilient is your Organization? Why would I be sharing an article on business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery (DR) you may ask? When companies were forced to abruptly shift to remote…

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7 Tips for Reducing Business Continuity Risk for ERM

By Carol Williams / February 26, 2020 /

Here’s a situation that is all too common… A company hires a new director for ERM. This person’s job is to design and implement an ERM process for helping executives make risk-informed decisions and understand threats and opportunities to achieving strategic objectives. At some point, this ERM Director decides to leave the company and the…

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supplier outage

Ford Supplier Explosion: Why Being Prepared for a Supplier Outage is Crucial to Your Company’s Survival

By Carol Williams / May 14, 2018 /

Ford’s popular F-150 pickup is something I’m well familiar with. My husband has owned one for nearly 20 years and spent what seemed like an eternity searching for his newer one a few years ago. He says he doesn’t plan on buying another one in the future, but I’ll believe it when I see it.…

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Supply Chain Risk Management – Ensuring You Can Handle a Vendor Outage

By Carol Williams / April 11, 2017 /

Questions and considerations for making sure your company can stay in business during supply chain disruptions   A recent white paper published by Transvoyant titled “A Revolution in Risk Management” discusses the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence in supply chain risk management.  While it was extremely interesting how companies can use the evolution…

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6 Steps to Setting up Your Business Continuity Program

By Carol Williams / December 23, 2016 /

You know what it’s like – the first couple of days back from a vacation are always the worst. You have mountains of emails and projects to get caught up on, among other things. Compounding this problem are any new projects that your company leadership so graciously decided to throw in your lap while you…

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Recent Southwest and Delta Outages Expose Huge Technology Risks

By Carol Williams / September 1, 2016 /

Just in the last month, two of the country’s largest airlines experienced massive technology outages that reverberated throughout their entire operation(s) during the peak summer travel season. The first outage occurred on July 20 when a computer meltdown led to the grounding of Southwest flights over a 3-day period. Although flights could land, the computer…

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