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Business Continuity and Resiliency Engineering

To stay healthy, should you get your jabs or eat your vegetables?

While you may wonder what this has to do with business continuity, this question sums up emerging differences in approaches to keeping organisations running without interruption.

Specifically, resiliency engineering is the “eat your vegetables” approach, in which you prepare people, processes, and systems for general ongoing healthiness and as some would put it, “stretchiness” to accommodate surprises.

By comparison, business continuity preparations that are designed to protect against specific threats are more of a “get your jabs” (as in injections for vaccination) approach. So, does resilience engineering do better than specific “jabs” and if so how?