Business Continuity Planning For Managers

2 days

Functional mid-level managers.


Step Up or Fall Down? How do you, as a functional mid-level manager or below, regard the risk of capably surviving a catastrophic event in your organization based on knowledge of what you need to do? Is it enough to know that a BCP program exists? Or, is more pro-active participation required that demonstrates knowledge of the Business Continuity Plan regarding relevant, appropriate and timely actions in an emergency situation?

Program Design

This course is designed for functional and operational managers up to, and including middle-tier and provides an understanding of BCP and its relationship to continuous risk management services.


Theory is reinforced with hands-on practical exercises and case study analysis. Internationally adopted BCP templates, checklists and other information and resources are supplied.


Day 1

Morning Session
Business Continuity Introduction

  1. Course Introduction
  2. BCP Purpose (Crisis? What Crisis?)
  3. Critical Success Factors of BCP
  4. Information Security and BCP/DR
  5. Exercise – Group exercise
  6. Case Study – Presentation of a case study for discussion

Afternoon Session
Business Continuity Management

  1. Crisis Leadership and Management
  2. BCP Preparation
  3. BCP Planning Steps
  4. BCP Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  5. Business Continuity and Risk Assessment
  6. The Strategies of Successful Business Continuity Plans
  7. Communicating the Plan (Security Awareness)
  8. Exercise – Group exercise
  9. Case Study - Presentation of a case study for discussion

Day 2

Morning Session
Recognizing The Signs

  1. Workplace Violence, Industrial and Environmental Threats, Terrorism, Sabotage and Political Events, Health Crises, Natural Threats, Supply Chain
  2. Understanding, Assessing, and Mitigating threat- ening situations
  3. Emergency Preparedness and Response
  4. First Responders
  5. Crisis Communications
  6. Exercise – Group exercise
  7. Case Study - Presentation of a case study for discussion

Afternoon Session
Mitigating Threatening Situations

  1. Crisis Communications
  2. Testing and maintaining Business Continuity Plans
  3. A Primer on Scenario Building
  4. Re-assessing Business Continuity Plans
  5. Activating the Plan
  6. Exercise – Group Exercise: Role Play Scenario
  7. Case Study - Presentation of a case study for discussion
Skills Taught: 
  • Understand the importance of Senior Management commitment and support to the BCP Program and understand the challenges, and what to do about them.
  • As a manager overseeing staff and services at the functional and operational levels, understand your areas of exposure and your dependencies on other areas of the organization, and those external to it, whose failures can impact your business line.
  • Understand the relationship of Business Continuity and Disaster Planning.
  • Understand the development phases of a Business Continuity Plan.
  • Understand the different threats that can impact an organization when risk mitigation may not be enough.
  • Learn by example through the use of exercises and analysis of successful and not so successful case studies.