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Securing The Plan

Written by  JOHN GLENN, MBCI June 22, 2009

Does a business continuity planner need a security clearance? Ninety-nine percent of the time, the answer is a strong, “No.” That doesn’t mean some organizations don’t insist on a clearance – usually top secret or higher. Like a master’s degree, anything less than top secret is hardly worth considering. However, even a top secret clearance hardly equates to a Ph.D. in the clearance scheme of things. Trouble is, most managers in the “classified” world have no clue as to what risk management – AKA business continuity or continuation of operations (COOP) – is all about. Many seem to have an ostrich-like mentality that tells them spies – governments on governments and industrial on competitors – can’t figure out recovery plans from the media and the Internet. That’s nonsense. For example Recently a major spy agency advertised for a business continuity planner. The advertisement laid out what this organization did. In the simplest terms, the group is fed information from


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