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Responding to ‘Maybe'

Written by  Rich Coglianese, CBCP, ITTL June 23, 2014

For most business continuity programs, the response to an actual event is pretty straightforward: evaluate the impact and, if warranted, activate the related plan. What can be less straightforward is the response to an anticipated event. These are situations in which there are indications that an impactful situation is possible but in no way assured. This scenario pertains to risks like severe weather or perhaps a potential job action that could complicate staff transit to and from work. In these cases the concern is typically around avoiding overreaction to the situation. The natural concerns relate to the consumption of resources to address a problem that potentially never comes. The flip side of this calculation is of course the risk of being underprepared for the impact that could ultimately result from these circumstances. It is a significant failure for a program to identify and track a potentially impactful risk but moving to respond

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