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BCM Regulatory Alphabet Soup

Written by  PATRICK POTTER, CBCP January 14, 2013

Did you ever eat alphabet soup? As a kid I remember that I would try and try to spell words and make sentences – a tireless game as all of the letters would eventually swirl around and become confused all over again. It was great eating but frustrating all the same. So, what does alphabet soup have to do with business continuity management (BCM) or information technology disaster recovery (DR)? In case you haven’t noticed, we BC/DR folks live in a world of regulatory alphabet soup. There are hundreds of regulations, methodologies, maturity models, guidelines, and laws – what I’ll call, “authoritative sources” that have something to say about BC or DR. These authoritative sources can be regional, country-specific, industry-specific, topic-specific, offer practical advice, supply best practices, and much more. Just thinking about it is enough to make your head spin, let alone trying to comply with them! I’m not making light

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