Three Steps to Business Continuity: a book review


About the book

This bilingual book (in German and English) enables the development and implementation of a professional Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) in three steps. It also describes approaches to integrating requirements into an already existing integrated management system of a company.

The book offers comprehensive information on this topic, while focussing on easy and quick applicability. In this way, a solid BCMS can be implemented within a short time, ensuring that operational disruptions are avoided and – if they do occur – that the company can respond quickly, effectively and efficiently so that it is able to recover from the disruption within a defined period of time. A BCMS is part of good and responsible corporate governance.

More information about the book can be found here.

Book review by Gianna Detoni – FBCI

When I started reading Three Steps to Business Continuity, written by Frank Herdmann and Saul Midler, I was prepared to leaf through an excellent guide on the subjects of continuity and resilience. I know, respect, and esteem its authors because they are among the most experienced business continuity professionals in the world. Indeed, I had the privilege to work with them on the ISO 22301:2019 review – which Saul coordinated masterfully.

That said, I was still surprised to discover not only an excellent guide that takes the reader through the requirements of the ISO, but also a pleasant book full of examples that will help a business continuity professional – or a novice reader – to understand how to apply ISO guidelines without dying of boredom.

The book features a case study on a fictional company (JWC) whose issues, questions, and workarounds in pursuit of a business continuity management system (BCMS) implementation any of us can relate to. Each clause of the ISO is accompanied by the narrative of how JWC is going to meet the requirements, along with all the concerns and obstacles that any professional has likely experienced in similar situations.

It is clear that the two authors have tapped their lengthy practical experience and deep academic knowledge on the subjects for this book. But the good news is that even the more technical parts of the book are pleasant and well written and I am sure that everyone reading the book will share my enthusiasm.

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