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Business Continuity Awareness Week to focus on counting the cost of not having business continuity

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial recession, companies globally have faced tremendous pressures to cut costs. Like marketing, business continuity is often an early casualty of such measures. And just as a lack of marketing leaves a company disadvantaged when the upturn comes, so skimping on business continuity can cause a company to go out of business.

In response, this year's Business Continuity Awareness Week will focus on the true cost of business continuity. The theme for the week is counting the cost, which will highlight the potential costs of not having an effective business continuity management system in place.

"When the alternative is going out of business, it's clear that business continuity offers great value for money," says Cindy Bodenstein, Marketing Manager at ContinuitySA, which is providing four speakers at the global event this year. "It's a theme that resonates with us here in South Africa because business continues to battle against global economic headwinds - but, at the same time, we have to recognise that incidents that threaten business survival, from weather to social unrest and terrorism, are unfortunately becoming extremely common. And as it's an election year, with higher levels of social tension, business disruption is a fact of business life."

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) is an annual global event organised by the Business Continuity Institute, and this year will take place from 17-21 March. During the week, leading international business continuity experts will deliver free Webinars. This year's topics presented by ContinuitySA experts include:

* Gaining efficiency and saving costs through ICT continuity on Monday 17 March at 10am (Jaun Harmse, Senior BCM Advisor at ContinuitySA). * Counting the cost of poor communication in a crisis on Tuesday 18 March at 12pm (Tracy Linnell, General Manager: Advisory Services at ContinuitySA). * Unpacking short-term insurance for better continuity on Wednesday 19 March at 12pm (Tracy Linnell and Jaun Harmse). * Do you understand your outsourced business continuity reliance? on Thursday 20 March at 10am (Peter Westcott, Senior BCM Advisor at ContinuitySA).

Full details of the upcoming events and Webinars are available here.

For further information about Business Continuity Awareness Week, visit the BCI Web site:

ContinuitySA will also host a breakfast presentation on "ISO22301 vs BS25999 onwards to certification", on 18 March at 8am, at the ContinuitySA Media Briefing Centre, in Midrand. For more information or to register your place, please click here.

Addendum - more detailed information on topics being presented



ContinuitySA is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent's most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities. These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA also provides a variety of hosting solutions, ranging from co-located to fully managed virtualised environments, with their primary focus being to ensure its clients are able to address the resilience and recoverability of their IT services. These hosting services are complemented by managed backup and recovery services, virtual server replication and high availability solutions to satisfy any level of continuity requirement.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in southern Africa with over 20 000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Gaborone, Botswana and Mozambique, and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

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