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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

Road testing your recovery
Disaster recovery plans are worthless if your company doesn't test them to confirm they're effective. The article discusses business continuity and productivity, strategy for the recovery plan, and key points to consider.

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Featured book

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

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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

ISO 27001 controls : a guide to implementing and auditing

This guide is designed to provide you with assistance in establishing, implementing and maintaining your ISMS to help you prepare for ISMS certification... [and] has been updated to reflect the publication of the latest versions of ISO/IEC 27001 and 27002.

Building a resilient organisation

How to build a prosperous and sustainable business.

Business continuity strategies

A practical guide to protecting against unplanned disasters.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Between a cloud and a hard place

The article discusses how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic accelerated the cloud computing technology migration of business applications. It explored the significant revenue growth reported by video-conferencing firm Zoom due to user growth, the increase in the adoption of flexible work arrangements during the implementation of lockdown protocols, and the business continuity and workforce enablement initiatives that need to be considered by chief information officers (CIO).

Get smart about cybersecurity

Article details the imperative of having a disaster recovery plan and comprehensive cybersecurity policy in place. Purchasing cybersecurity insurance to mitigate the risk is also an option to be considered.

First steps into a larger world

US firms and experts share how to move an accounting practice into the cloud. Best practices include developing a business and disaster recovery plan, rethinking processes and workflows and evaluating the openness and scalability of potential cloud technology products.

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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 planning
Booklet 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, you can also download the latest edition of the Brexit Readiness Tracker report (freely available following registration) and purchase copies of the BCI 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.

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. The Business Link website was replaced in October 2012 but no direct equivalent to this page has been included in GOV.UK. The archived guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive.

Risk management and business continuity planning
Guidance from the Scottish organisation Business Gateway.

Secure in the knowledge: building a secure business
Booklet on protecting your staff and business assets produced by The National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO). Follows on from the earlier publication Expecting the unexpected.

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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