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What does 2012 hold in store for business continuity?

Filed under: Business Continuity — Stephanie on January 6, 2012

Much has happened in 2011 to impact business continuity recruitment but what are the predictions for 2012? In 2011 a survey carried out by Continuity Central a US site offering news, advice and information about business continuity jobs revealed that the top difficulties experienced by managers last year were poor resources, challenges in gaining the input and back up of senior management and getting support from the organisation as a whole.

As the world economy is not forecast to improve any time soon in 2012 it’s likely that business continuity budgets will remain limited. An increase in business continuity recruitment seems unlikely and existing business continuity managers will have to make do with existing staff and finances. However, there have been some new themes arising which will make a difference to the business continuity strategy of many firms this year. Here are some of those insights:

1. Resources are being taken away from reactive approaches and invested into ‘resilient’ forms of business continuity instead. This approach is about creating robust processes with measures that prevent any disruption to productivity.

2. One of the top business continuity challenges will remain information security. Jobs in business continuity and IT security are often grouped together but seen as very different disciplines. However, this is changing as cyber security breaches have been found to have devastating effects on the company as a whole. The importance of those in business continuity jobs having an understanding of the impact of IT security on the overall security of a business is crucial.
For those candidates looking to enter the business continuity job market in the UK demonstrating an understanding of these two issues and honing their skills and knowledge will stand them in good stead for the future.

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