Managing operational resilience in today’s digital environment is extremely challenging, whether your organization is public, private or governmental. But what happens when the threat is not a computer virus, but a biological one causing much of your workforce to call in sick, either because they are infected or because they are afraid to come in to work. In response to the potential for a widespread pandemic, many organizations have decided it’s time to create a plan for how essential business processes can be sustained and operated securely in the face of a pandemic. This approach to proactively dealing with the potential threat of a pandemic increases the organization’s awareness of the potential impacts and costs, and enables them to take actions that reduce the overall risk to the organization, minimize the impact of a pandemic on essential operations, and more predictably ensure the continuity of essential services such as information security.
This session will provide a high-level overview of the impact of a pandemic and explore the following aspects of what is involved:
Whether or not you have created and tested a formal pandemic plan through tabletop exercises or actual resiliency tests, this session will provide practical advice on what is involved in pandemic planning, how to incorporate it in your organization’s overall business resiliency efforts, and what pandemic planning can mean to improving your organization’s ability to continue to operate during such a crisis.
Stephen Head, Director, IT Risk Advisory Services, Experis Finance