The Top 13 Best Business Continuity Books You Need to Read in 2020

The Top 13 Best Business Continuity Books You Need to Read in 2020Sometimes, 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.

Business Continuity and Risk Management: Essentials of Organizational Resilience

By Kurt J. Engemann and Douglas M. Henderson

“Covering both Business Continuity and Risk Management and how these two bodies of knowledge and practice interface, Business Continuity and Risk Management: Essentials of Organizational Resilience is a state-of-the-art textbook designed to be easy for the student to understand — and for you, as instructor, to present. Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and The Institute of Risk Management (IRM).”

Adaptive Business Continuity: A New Approach

By David Lindstedt, Mark Armour, and Kristen Noakes-Fry

“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.”

Business Continuity from Preparedness to Recovery: A Standards-Based Approach

By Eugene Tucker

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.”

The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-By-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets

By Michael Wallace and Lawrence Webber

“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.”

Business Continuity Management System: A Complete Guide to Implementing ISO 22301

By Wei Ning Zechariah Wong and Jianping Shi

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.”

The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected

By Yossi Sheffi

“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.”

Mastering Business Continuity Management

By Dr. Michael C. Redmond

“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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Crisis Management: How to Develop a Powerful Program

By Regina Phelps

“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.”

The Business Continuity Management Desk Reference

The Business Continuity Management Desk Reference by [Watters, Jamie]By Jamie Watters

“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.”

Business Continuity Planning A Complete Guide — 2020 Edition

Business Continuity Planning A Complete Guide - 2020 Edition by [Blokdyk, Gerardus]By Gerardus Blokdyk

“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.”

Cyber Resilience

By Sergei Petrenko

“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).”

Business Continuity Management Plain & Simple: How to Write a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

By Erik Kopp

“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.”

Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, 4th Edition

By Andrew N Hiles and Kristen Noakes-Fry

“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.”

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