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Cyberattacks, fires, floods, pandemics, and power outages are disruptions that are becoming increasingly common in today's society. Companies and organizations need to have a explicit plan for how operations can proceed no matter what occurs.
For our society to function even during crises and war, it is important to ensure that our systems can withstand stress. Companies and organizations must be able to cope with unexpected disruptions. Through thorough continuity management, the ability to maintain production and services increases.
The first step in continuity management is to map out what is vital for the business to be up and running. It is also important to determine what threats exist and what opportunities exist to cope with disruptions. Here, companies need to review their management systems, their organization, and the company's overall competence.
A review ensures that the company or organization is well equipped with everything from a robust machine park to stable supply systems and the necessary hardware and software. Perhaps some investments need to be made for the business to be able to function even in the event of disruptions. Does competence possibly need to be transferred from key personnel to more employees? How can manufacturing continue in the event of material shortages? And how should the machinery be managed if the water supply is half of normal?
RISE helps you with the company's continuity management. We conduct a comprehensive analysis of the company's competence, resources, and division of responsibilities. The analysis includes such things as, for example, risk assessment of the business's hardware and software, knowledge inventory, and hardware analysis where we investigate how the equipment can be run at other performance levels and the consequences. Such an analysis is divided into 6 stages.
Based on the analysis, a business continuity plan is drawn up. It sets out guidelines for maintaining operations even when the unexpected occurs. It can describe other ways of working – such as operating machines at half capacity in a crisis, using alternative production materials, or reducing electricity consumption. The business continuity plan can also contain guidelines for the distribution of responsibilities, organization, and multi-competent employees that can perform tasks beyond the ordinary.
RISE helps to see what resistance your organization has to the unexpected. Agility and resilience are the two pillars of continuity work. How quickly can the business switch to the new and unexpected? And how resilient is the business?
In conclusion, the changing world situation requires our society to build up a preparedness for crisis and war. The more companies that prioritize, work, and collaborate on continuity management, the stronger our overall societal preparedness will be.