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Written by  ROBERT GIFFIN, CBCP, CISA July 7, 2010

As business continuity professionals, we are often asked to “lead the charge” in establishing a business continuity capability throughout our organization. It’s a task we take seriously because we know the result should we fail. We’ve studied everything from hurricanes and fires to workplace violence and pandemics. However, in our passion for business continuity, it’s very easy to lose sight of what we’re trying to protect: an organization that must take risks to deliver value to its stakeholders. When an executive thinks about business continuity, only one of the 50 things currently on his/her mind, most likely, he/she wants to achieve maximum protection for the minimum cost. When presented with requests or proposals, the executive must assess what these costs will be and what organizational protection this request will provide. Try applying that reasoning to a request to purchase a generator for a key building for $50,000 (a frequent request in my

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