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The Top Five Ways to Fail At Business Continuity

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A business continuity plan (BCM) ensures that the most important services or products are delivered during a disruption. “There are many factors that can contribute to a “less- than – perfect” business continuity program – or a program that truly fails to meet management expectations. What are those fatal mistakes that should be avoided and how can an organization prevent them from occurring? Here are the most common reasons why BCM initiatives fail:

1. Failing to understand the organization
2. Executing methodology instead of managing a program
3. Unnecessarily using business continuity jargon
4. Unrealistic recovery objectives
5. Failing to create a culture of business continuity.


Business continuity planning is straightforward and regardless of your organization’s size or industry, these pitfalls can still be applicable. Creating and maintaining a BCM ensures that your organization can operate effectively during an emergency. This includes data breaches and natural disasters.

Failure to plan and test your business continuity plan places your business at high risk for loss of productivity. A business continuity plan enhances your business image by creating a proactive attitude and improving the overall efficiency of your organization though contingency planning, business recovery, and crisis management.

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