Our editors have compiled this directory of the best business continuity books for your reading list based on Amazon user reviews, rating, and ability to add business value.
Sometimes, in order to advance technologically, it’s helpful to look at an old-school approach. Business continuity is essential for your organization, but you should first ensure what plan is right for you and your team. While there are many free resources available online, (such as Solutions Review’s best practices articles, solutions directories, and buyer’s guides), doing things the old-fashioned way can be beneficial. Solutions Review has taken the liberty of doing the research for you, having reviewed a multitude of books. We’ve carefully selected the best business continuity books based on relevance, popularity, review ratings, publish date, and ability to add business value. Here they are in no particular order.
The Best Business Continuity Books
OUR TAKE: Authors Kurt J. Engemann and Douglas M. Henderson both have years of experience teaching and consulting in the business continuity and risk space. Their textbook is designed to be easy for students to understand and for instructors to present.
“As an instructor, you have seen business continuity and risk management grow exponentially, offering an exciting array of career possibilities to your students. They need the tools needed to begin their careers — and to be ready for industry changes and new career paths. You cannot afford to use limited and inflexible teaching materials that might close doors or limit their options. Written with your classroom in mind, Business Continuity and Risk Management: Essentials of Organizational Resilience is the flexible, modular textbook you have been seeking — combining business continuity and risk management. Full educator-designed teaching materials available for download.”GO TO BOOK
OUR TAKE: This book, written by David Lindstedt and Mark Armour and edited by Kristen Noakes-Fry, provides readers with a realistic methodology to significantly change and improve their business continuity practices.
“Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach uses the analogy of rebuilding a house. After the initial design, the first step is to identify and remove all the things not needed in the new house. Thus, the first chapter is “Demolition” – not to get rid of the entire BC enterprise, but to remove certain BC activities and products to provide the space to install something new. The stages continue through foundation, framework, and finishing.”
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OUR TAKE: With this title, Eugene Tucker uses his 30 years of experience developing business continuity plans to show readers how to avoid common pitfalls and implement successful continuity strategies.
“Business Continuity from Preparedness to Recovery: A Standards-Based Approach details the process for building organizational resiliency and managing Emergency and Business Continuity programs. With over 30 years of experience developing plans that have been tested by fire, floods, and earthquakes, Tucker shows readers how to avoid common traps and ensure a successful program, utilizing, detailed Business Impact Analysis (BIA) questions, continuity strategies and planning considerations for specific business functions.”GO TO BOOK
The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-By-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets
OUR TAKE: This book by Michael Wallace and Lawrence Webber shows readers how to proactively assess risk, develop and document disaster recovery plans, test those plans, and safeguard business-critical data.
“With The Disaster Recovery Handbook by your side–including the third edition’s updates of emerging risks, developments in IT networking, and information security–you can learn how to avoid a great deal of potential trouble for your organization. And when the unavoidable, unpredictable disasters occur, you will know that you have planned for every contingency and have ensured that your company is responsible, ready, and resilient.”
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OUR TAKE: Wei Ning Zechariah Wong and Jianping Shi bring years of experience to this book. Wong has written for several journals, including Continuity Journal and Disaster Recovery Journal, and Shi is the Chief Executive of Instramax, a business continuity service provider.
“Business Continuity Management System offers a complete guide to establishing a fit-for-purpose business continuity capability in your organization. Structured in line with the principles of ISO22301 (the International Standard for business continuity management) and with current best practice, this user-friendly book covers the whole life cycle of developing, establishing, operating and evaluating a BCMS initiative. It is aimed at new and seasoned business continuity practitioners involved in business continuity activities in their organizations, whatever the size and sector.”GO TO BOOK
OUR TAKE: This book from Yossi Sheffi places an emphasis on corporate responsibility, cybersecurity, long-term disruptions, emergency operations centers, detection, and systemic disruptions. Sheffi has also written The Resilient Enterprise.
“In this book, Yossi Sheffi shows why modern vulnerabilities call for innovative processes and tools for creating and embedding corporate resilience and risk management. Sheffi offers fascinating case studies that illustrate how companies have prepared for, coped with, and come out stronger following disruption―from the actions of Intel after the 2011 Japanese tsunami to the disruption in the “money supply chain” caused by the 2008 financial crisis.”
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OUR TAKE: This title by Dr. Michael C. Redmond Ph.D. is targeted at both enterprises and students in business management, disaster recovery, information security, compliance, IT, and project management looking to combat today’s ever-increasing disasters.
“This book takes a complicated subject and breaks it down into plain English, allowing for concepts, definitions, and so much more to be absorbed and understood. It offers a detailed understanding of what is crucial in Business Continuity Management, and the practical steps and stories help the reader implement each phase of planning including Project Management, Gap Analysis, Risk Evaluation and Control, Business Impact Analysis, Strategic Planning, Emergency Response and Operations, Awareness and Training, Maintaining and Exercising Plans, Public Relations and Crisis Coordination, and more.”
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OUR TAKE: Author Regina Phelps has been working in the crisis management field since 1982, working with executive teams and tactical crisis management teams. She has also written Cyber Breach: What Happens When Your Defenses Fail?
“Businesses and governments worldwide are increasingly being disrupted by more frequent natural disasters, mounting workforce violence, and skyrocketing cyberattacks. It’s increasingly a question of “when” – not “if” – they will face such a crisis. This book tells you how to prepare – step-by-step. The good news is that the costs of being prepared are minuscule compared to the staggering hits organizations are increasingly taking. This book gets into the nitty-gritty of preparing for such crises – from building senior management support and involvement to training top-flight crisis management teams.”GO TO BOOK
OUR TAKE: Jamie Watters’ book is a reference text directed at experienced professionals and people new to business continuity alike. Watters explains the key concepts simply, while also delving deeper, outlining how to complete a Business Impact Assessment.
“Guide to Business Continuity Planning, Crisis Management & IT Disaster Recovery with tools and templates for preparing DR & Business Continuity Plans (BCP). A practical how-to guide to Business Continuity that explains exactly what you need to do. Written by an experienced consultant with 25 years of industry experience in DR and Business Continuity. If you need to prepare plans, test and maintain them, or if you need to set up DR or Work Area Recovery; then this book is written for you.”
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OUR TAKE: This book from Gerardus Blokdyk offers multiple self-assessments, as well as in-depth business continuity planning checklists and templates to simplify implementation.
“There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed best-selling author Gerard Blokdyk. Blokdyk ensures all Business Continuity Planning essentials are covered, from every angle: the Business Continuity Planning self-assessment shows succinctly and clearly that what needs to be clarified to organize the required activities and processes so that Business Continuity Planning outcomes are achieved.”
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OUR TAKE: This title by Sergei Petrenko explores modern cybersecurity systems, particularly their shortcomings regarding cyber resilience in the face of cyber-attacks. Petrenko also discusses how cyber resilience can be improved in the future.
“The book contains three chapters, devoted to the following topics: Development of the Cyber Resilience Management Concept of modern technological platforms and cyber-systems of 4.0 Industry; Development of a corporate cyber risk management methodology; Technical implementation of the corporate program of business sustainability management based on the best practices (standards).”
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OUR TAKE: In this book, Erik Kopp argues that business continuity planning does not need to be an extremely complicated concept, regardless of if you a running a large enterprise or a small business.
“You need to be prepared so that panic does not cause you to make inappropriate and ineffective decisions which will hurt your business. And you need to be able to put this plan in place without spending a fortune. This book walks you through all the key elements of effective Business Continuity Management and Planning, in plain simple facts. No fancy jargon or double-talk to make the author look smarter, while wasting your time and money.”
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OUR TAKE: This title, written by Andrew N. Hiles and edited by Kristen Noakes-Frye is designed for readers at the initiate, foundation, and practitioner level. This is also the fourth edition, which has been updated to include case studies, supply chain risk, testing, and information on professional certification and training.
“At this critical point in your Business Continuity Management studies and research, you need one definitive, comprehensive professional textbook that will take you to the next step. In his 4th edition of Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, Andrew Hiles gives you a wealth of real-world analysis and advice – based on international standards and grounded in best practices — a textbook for today, a reference for your entire career. With so much to learn in this changing profession, you don’t want to risk missing out on something you’ll need later.”GO TO BOOK
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