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Changes and Challenges to Business Continuity in 2013
Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:24

At the end of 2012, Continuity Central conducted a survey to determine what changes and challenges we can expect to see in the business continuity profession during 2013.

A total of 184 responses were received, with 82% being from business continuity professionals working in large organisations. The majority of respondents were from the UK and the United States, but Australia, the Middle East and India were also well represented.

The main findings of the survey are summarised below:

Respondents were asked:

1. What level of changes do you expect to see in the way your organisation manages business continuity in 2013?

  • 34.4% expect large changes
  • 50.8% expect small changes
  • 14.8% expect no changes
  • 2. Describe the biggest change you expect to see in business continuity practices and strategies within your organisation during 2013?

    • 12.4% expect their organisation to change its approach to BCM. Specific changes include:
    1. Business continuity will converge with other resilience related disciplines
    2. There will be an integration between Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) and BCM
    3. Business continuity ownership will be passed to the business unit owners
    4. There will be a move to process-based BC planning
    5. Core activities will shift from coaching planners at the business unit level to enterprise wide operational risk analysis, including scenario planning
    6. There will be some movement from dedicated recovery to increased resilience

    • 11.8% expect to see a greater focus on testing and exercising in 2013
    • 7.2% expect to make changes to enable the alignment with the new ISO 22301 BCM standard

    3. What is the biggest challenge that may hold back business continuity developments within your organisation in 2013 (summary of most common answers)

    1. Lack of executive management support/buy-in
    2. High levels of change in the organisation
    3. Not enough business continuity staff
    4. Lack of support from business units
    5. Lack of time available for business continuity activities
    6. The impact of general business priorities
    7. Technical business continuity challenges

    4. The survey examined attitudes towards business continuity spending within organisations for 2013.

    • 34.8% expected spending to be higher than it was in 2012
    • 44.5% expect it to be the same
    • 20.7% expect it to be lower

    5. The final question looked at expected changes to business continuity teams.

    • 69.8% expect BC teams to remain the same size
    • 19.8% expect them to grow
    • 10.4% expect them to reduce in size


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