Business Continuity Management – Building an effective Incident Management Plan.

Author: Michael Blyth

In this book the author works steadily towards his goal in the first three chapters: demonstrating the importance of Incident Management Plans (IMP), in addition to a BCP.

In addition, in chapter 4 he describes the inevitable: “what if?” Is the key question for some 40 cases, each of which is explained in text form, with chapters 5 and 6 providing the promising basis for the elaboration plans and questionnaires.

Chapter 5 gives the guidelines of the plans, in which there is a principle of a triptych: a first table is filled in to get an idea of ​​which (part of) the organization is involved. An outline of entity, place, time … Then the steps to take are taken: these have been drawn up as a so called “Guideline”, not to follow slavishly, but by interpretation. The third part of the guidelines forms the framework with suitable organizations / key persons that can be contacted.

Chapter 6 provides questionnaires, one per IMP, that can be used to estimate the situation, in addition to the questions of “SAD CHALETS”, the mnemonic used by the English Police to get a view of the situation. In addition, this chapter also contains a template for a risk assessment, which can be used during the crisis, to estimate the evolution of the crisis.

The book also contains a URL with password, where you can find the English text of chapters 5 and 6 in a word document for further development tailored to your own organization.

The book is thus actually a book for doers, with, to a limited extent, an introductory theoretical exposition.

However, in terms of IMP for cybersecurity it has not been worked out enough (which I think could have been a separate piece). Other threats have been worked out. Some threats are becoming more and more relevant for affiliates in the USA and elsewhere with current climate changes. Other are more universal in nature.

Manu Steens

Manu works at the Flemish Government in risk management and Business Continuity Management. On this website, he shares his own opinions regarding these and related fields. Since 2012, he has been working at the Crisis Centre of the Flemish Government (CCVO), where he has progressed in BCM, risk management, and crisis management. Since August 2021, he has been a knowledge worker for the CCVO. As of January 2024, he works at the Department of Chancellery and Foreign Affairs of the Flemish Government. Here, he combines BCM, risk management, and crisis management to create a tailored form of resilience management to meet the needs of the Flemish Government.

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