How to Develop a Successful Business Continuity Audit Program

Instructor: Michael C Redmond
Product ID: 704821
  • Duration: 60 Min
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This webinar training will cover the best practices for auditing a Business Continuity Plan. It will explain the lifecycle of a BCP program, with specific emphasis on risk assessment and Business Impact Analysis, designing a living BCP and testing & maintenance. The Instructor will provide insights that can be applied to internal audit and tools to improve BCP programs.

Why Should You Attend:

Successful business continuity planning involves the entire organization and requires clear and consistent communication. It encompasses how employees will communicate, where they will go and how they will keep doing their jobs and therefore prepares the organization for disruptive events.

So, why is a BCP Important? 61% of companies surveyed had to invoke their BCP, 43% had to invoke it more than once. The key causes listed were Natural Disaster, Power Outage, IT Failure, Flood, Fire, Telecom Failure, Utility Outage, Pandemic.

The top 3 lessons learned from invocation were that

  • In 48% cases, there had not been enough training and awareness efforts across the company
  • In 37% cases, plans didn’t adequately address emergency communications
  • And in 25% cases, key staff was not included in testing and therefore did not know their roles and responsibilities in the plans

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • What should be included in a business continuity audit?
  • Setting controls
  • Which regulations and standards apply to business continuity audits
  • Examining evidence about the performance of activities
  • Verifying measures to ensure continuity
  • Evaluating quality vs. a general template

Who Will Benefit:

  • Internal Auditors
  • Business Continuity Practitioners
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Chief Audit Executive
  • Risk Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Professionals in Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery , Cyber Security and Information Security

Instructor Profile:

Dr. Michael C. Redmond, PMP, CEM, FBCI, MBCP, MBA, PhD, is CEO of Redmond Worldwide, and ISO certified and certified as a trainer by PECB. She has consulted in the area of cyber security for such firms as Fidelity, Excellus Blue Cross, and Lifetime Healthcare Companies.

As a cyber security subject matter expert, advisor, and consultant, she has improved incident management processes by defining the business requirements for a regulatory reporting and reviewing the current policy and procedures to identify gaps and close those gaps. She is responsible for meeting all best practices, including NIST (National Institute Standards and Technology), ISO 27001, Cobit 4.1 and 5 in planning, testing and documenting.

She served as an adjunct professor for emergency management and business continuity management at New York University and the Master’s program at John Jay College. She served on the Boards of the New York Chapter for Association of Contingency Planners, Contingency Planners Association and NY Chapter of the Communications & Electronics Association. Currently, she is responsible for event speakers for the Western NY Chapter of ACP.

Ms. Redmond is an author, an international speaker and trainer. She recently spoke in Nigeria and was endorsed by Gen Yakubu Gowon, Past Head of State. She served as the attaché to Chile for a special project at the request of the President of Chile. Ms. Redmond trained agencies for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health on Continuity of Operations Training. She recently spoke in Angola and has trained over 50 corporations.

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