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Volume 31, Issue 1

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:53

Beyond Hurricanes: 4 Examples of Recent, Real-Life Business Emergencies

It’s the rare workplace disaster that is dramatic enough to burst into the news. Most business emergencies are managed privately, with the outside world unaware that anything was ever wrong.

This is great from the companies’ point of view. It’s bad enough having a disaster without having a public-relations distraction piled on top of it.

However, there is a drawback for the business-continuity community: All this discretion deprives people outside the firm of the benefit of their peers’ experience.

One interesting consequence of this is that many BC professionals have a limited concept of the kind of negative events that can impact their organizations. Everyone knows about fires, hurricanes, and cyberattacks—they’re in the news all the time—but many other kinds of things can disrupt a business and frequently do, including things most people couldn’t even imagine.