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Business continuity and disaster recovery

Books, articles, guides and links on preparing for business risks.

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Featured article

Disaster recovery planning
Virtualise your disaster recovery planning for an easy and quick restoration of services. Businesses must review their recovery plans to ensure continuity.

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Featured book

Risk and recovery
(ICAEW, 2014)
Special report on disaster planning from ICAEW's Finance and Management Faculty. Contains articles on IT-related risks and real-life examples of crisis management.

To borrow this book please contact the Library.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Building a resilient organisation

ICSA Publishing Ltd 2014

How to build a resilient organisation – one that is both sustainable and prosperous – is the central focus of this eBook. It helps readers to understand resilience within organisations and how it can be measured, assessed and enhanced.

Building a resilient organisation

How to build a prosperous and sustainable business.

Business continuity strategies

A practical guide to protecting against unplanned disasters.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.


Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Managing insurance risks

All businesses face a wide range of risks every day. Careful planning can either reduce these risks to an acceptable level, or eliminate them completely.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Disaster recovery planning: how virtualisation can help

Focuses on the virtualisation of disaster discovery planning for quick restoration of services following an unplanned outage. Provides information on the key elements for recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO). The article also emphasises the importance of reviewing and updating the disaster recovery plan for virtualisation capabilities and business continuity.

Dealing with disaster

Strategies for IT leaders to use when disaster strikes essential business systems. Don't forget the "people" element of disaster management, including succession planning and having flexible work teams. Includes advice on how to give accurate assessments of recovery time and alert key staff to the problem quickly.

Three stages to successful cloud implementations

Discusses the key stages that should be followed by chief information officers (CIOs) to prepare their firm for cloud computing. Topics covered include the need to define the business objective for using cloud, the questions that need to be asked in relation to security and disaster recovery and the areas that shape the selection of a cloud provider.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Protect your firm against swine flu


The article looks at how you can prepare your business against swine flu and what you need to consider when outting contingency plans into place.

I am unprepared for a disaster


Natural disasters such as floods can have a devastating effect on businesses. There is a chance that your business could fall prey to a natural disaster of some description. By developing a well thought-out continuity plan, your organisation will be better prepared to cope if you are hit by a disaster.

Disclaimer: These articles from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Useful links

Resilience in society: infrastructure, communities and businesses
A UK Cabinet Office guide to how networks and individuals can support the country's emergency planning, response and recovery and keep systems and services running.

Business continuity
Booklets on business continuity produced by The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) covering topics such as how to protect your staff and the information and assets vital to your business.

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
Organisation enabling individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The site includes a number of certifications standards and 'Engaging your C-Suite', a practical free toolkit on how to gain the interest and support of key influencers in your organisation. You can also download good practice guidelines.

Business Continuity Management (BSI)
Information on Business Continuity Management publications from the BSI Group, the UK's National Standards Body.

Business continuity management toolkit
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat has developed this Business Continuity Management Toolkit to help the commercial and voluntary sector implement BCM.

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
Organisation with the aim of protecting national security by providing protective security advice. The site includes information on business continuity planning.

Crisis management and business continuity planning
Guide from Business Link to help you to identify potential risks, make preparations for emergencies and test how your business is likely to cope in a disaster.

UK Financial Sector Continuity
A central point of information about work on continuity planning relevant to the UK's financial sector, established by HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority. Access information about the authorities, firms, markets, and financial infrastructure as well as telecoms, communications and physical infrastructure.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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