How to Make Friends in Business Continuity

Having friends who work in the same industry, same locality and same sector as you is always useful.  Whether it’s to swap ideas, use each other as sounding boards, network for career opportunities or simply share tales of woe over a drink, you can arguably never have too many genuinely useful contacts.  So how do you get some more ‘business continuity’ friends?

If you live in London, UK, you probably already know about the BANG business continuity group that meets once a month in a centrally located pub, hosting a speaker.  They’re useful events open to members of a Linked In Group.   There are efforts underway to start a similar monthly event in New York City, USA.   These informal events are useful ways to meet people in the industry, swap ideas and stay networked.

If you’re a member of the Business Continuity Institute, the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management or the Disaster Recovery Institute International, then you have a head start.  Local forums and groups are usually available and, if they aren’t, you might get in touch with them so you can look at setting one up yourself.

The same organisations usually advertise (or host) the conferences and events: check out their websites for information on what’s coming up to see if any of them suit you.  There are often other business continuity and related conferences/events run by other commercial providers.  Some of these might be well worth your time, but it’s worth having a close look at them to check they will deliver value for money.  You’re probably looking for interesting and useful content, structured networking opportunities and, ideally, credits towards any professional membership you’re maintaining.

Another organisation we like in London is the City Security and Resilience Networks which offers all these things plus nice extras such as occasional security reports and local briefings. (It’s worth noting that as CSARN membership allows members to attend events for ‘free’, it’s often cheaper to join than to attend one or two events). Meanwhile, in the US, the Security Executive Council (SEC) has set up a Business Continuity Alliance Working Group. It’s open to public and private sector organisations and aims to be big!

Many areas also have local resilience forums, which are usually actually business continuity groups spanning key organisations in the locality; utilities, transport and emergency services as well as major organisations based in the vicinity are usually represented.

We’d like to hear about any other organisations or groups in which you participate.  If we can collect enough, we’ll start a directory so you can find them all in one place, whether you’re looking for something local or in a completely different country.

Let us know about yours by using the comments box below.

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