Disasters strike businesses across the nation every year. Many small businesses disrupted by disasters ultimately won’t survive, especially if they are unable to resume business operations within 5 days. Developing a company-specific business continuity plan is key to making better decisions when forced to operate in a degraded capacity. Keeping clients and employees safe, restoring operations sooner, reducing the costs of restoring operations, and maintaining reputation and credibility with stakeholders when disruptions occur all depend on effective business continuity planning.
The daily demands of building and running a business leave limited time to ponder unknown disasters that could disrupt business operations. Even if time can be carved out for continuity planning, it can be difficult to know where to start. Publicly available guidance can be very general, while developing a continuity plan requires a tailored approach. Specific threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts on a business must be analyzed. Debates persist over what causes continuity plans to be too broad, too inflexible, or too complicated, leaving business owners questioning if dedicating time and resources to building a plan will really help them survive a disaster.
Anneal Initiative will lead businesses in seizing opportunities within the continuity planning process to achieve strategic goals well beyond just building a continuity plan, such as developing a business continuity culture, supporting continuous learning, and identifying and nurturing agile problem-solving talent. These strategic outcomes are the crucial elements to keeping business continuity capabilities streamlined, flexible, and adaptable in the face of unforeseen hazards beyond those identified in risk assessment and business impact analysis.
- Trained several thousand Kansas public and private sector personnel on Continuity of Operations Planning
- Built dozens of customized Continuity of Operations curriculums for training communities across Kansas
- Utilized a multi-discipline/multi-agency and multi-hazard approach to building classes and exercises for Continuity of Operations Planning
Complying with NIST SP 800-171 cybersecurity standards is now a requirement for contractors working with the Department of Defense, NASA, and GSA Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The rapidly evolving cyber threats driving these new requirements are not only a grave threat to federal programs, but also to businesses of all sizes. Improving cybersecurity is critical for more than just doing business with the government, it is critical for staying in business.
At Anneal Initiative, we find paths to cybersecurity compliance that do not undermine business growth and profitability. Seeing the return on investments for security and compliance measures can be difficult. However, effectively planned investments in cyber resilience can help grow your business by demonstrating an ability to handle increasingly sensitive government work.
Anneal Initiative can be your partner in assessing risk and identifying prioritized solutions that balance cybersecurity with profitability and with increasing customer trust. Our open architecture approach to compliance planning allows for adaptive, scalable options to pursue those solutions that best fit your organization and your business goals.
- Developed cyber defense solutions in collaboration with critical infrastructure operators that bridge the gap between their regulatory compliance needs and targeted, effective cybersecurity
- Collaborated with industry partners to identify methods for meeting their regulators’ cyber reporting requirements for previously unknown and potentially classified threat activity
- Led collaborative intelligence analysis allowing critical infrastructure operators to demonstrate greater cybersecurity leadership and gain greater credibility with their regulators by exceeding their expectations, identifying previously unknown risks, and developing innovative solutions