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Business Continuity Management: In Practice by Stuart Hotchkiss

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Auditing yourself

Before and auditor comes in to review, review yourself to see if the plans and management are working as expected. Doing such an audit helps everyone – the stakeholders, you and the internal and external auditors. Doing a self-review is a lightweight exercise which can be done over an extended period but which can act as an ongoing checklist. A self-review does not need to be formalised or done in a fixed time period either.

If the BCM team has a number of staff then this exercise can be distributed amongst team members. It is actually done better via informal methods since formality allows people time to prepare and present the answers they know that an audit will look for. The informal method using ‘walkabout management’ ...

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