We Need You! DRI Professional Practices Quadrennial Review

Fred Sebren

Do you have opinions or ideas about DRI International Professional Practices? We hope so, and we want to hear them! The DRI International Commission’s Professional Practices Committee is seeking comments from DRI Certified Professionals on the current edition of the Professional Practices.

How It Works

The Professional Practices Committee is responsible for maintaining the DRI Professional Practices. In order to accomplish this, the committee uses a four-year update cycle that has been adopted by the DRI Commission. The cycle works as follows:

Year One: Solicit feedback on the current edition of the Professional Practices from DRI Certified Professionals. In addition to this article, you’ll see announcements and requests in all of DRI’s media outlets. Please respond!

Year Two: Feedback in each area is reviewed by the committee. Modification to each Professional Practice is selected for consider- ation and incorporated into the draft of the next release. Upon review by the Commission, and with the approval by DRI executive staff, drafts of the new practices are made available on the MyDRI web portal at the end of year two and comments on the proposed changes are sought.

Year Three: Final versions are created for each Professional Practice and submitted to the DRI Commission and executive staff for approval prior to distribution. Education material is updated.

Year Four: Professional Practices are exercised in the field, and at the end of the fourth year it all begins again!

Your Input

Input will be collected for the duration of 2014, after which the Professional Practices committee will create a version for comment. Once the comment period has been completed, then a final version will be published.

So, all you have to do is review the current Professional Practices, focusing on those areas that you believe may need updating and revising, and provide your comments. To view the Professional Practices and provide input, log in to your MyDRI account. Please note that DRI Professional Practices were established as a basis for business continuity development across all industries, not any one specific sector.

Thank you, in advance, for your comments.

The DRI Professional Practices

Here’s a quick overview of the Professional Practices. Log into your MyDRI account to read them in their entirety and to comment.

1. Program Initiation and Management

Establish the need for a Business Continuity Management Program within the entity and identify the program components from understanding the entity’s risks and vulnerabilities through develop- ment of resilience strategies and response, resto- ration and recovery plans. The objectives of this professional practice are to obtain the entity’s support and funding and to build the organizational framework to develop the BCM program.

2. Risk Evaluation and Control

The objective of this professional practice is to identify the risks/threats and vulnerabilities that are both inherent and acquired which can adversely affect the entity and its resources, or impact the entity’s image. Once identified, threats and vulner- abilities will be assessed as to the likelihood that they would occur and the potential level of impact that would result.

3. Business Impact Analysis

During the activities of this professional practice, the entity identifies the likely and potential impacts from events on the entity or its processes and the criteria that will be used to quantify and qualify such impacts.

4. Business Continuity Strategies

The data that was collected during the BIA and Risk Evaluation is used in this professional practice to identify available continuity and recovery strategies for the entity’s operations and technology.

5. Emergency Response and Operations

This professional practice defines the requirements to develop and implement the entity’s plan for response to emergency situations that may impact safety of the entity’s employees, visitors or other assets.

6. Plan Implementation and Documentation

In this phase of the Business Continuity Management Program, the relevant teams design, develop, and implement the continuity strategies approved by the entity and document the recovery plans to be used in response to an incident or event.

7. Awareness and Training Programs

In this professional practice, a program is developed and implemented to establish and maintain corporate awareness about Business Continuity Management (BCM) and to train the entity’s staff so that they are prepared to respond during an event.

8. Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Audit and Maintenance

The goal of this professional practice is to establish an exercise, testing, maintenance and audit program. To continue to be effective, a BCM Program must implement a regular exercise schedule to establish confidence in a predictable and repeatable performance of recovery activities throughout the organization.

9. Crisis Communications

This professional practice provides the framework to identify, develop, communicate, and exercise a crisis communications plan.

10. Coordination with External Agencies

This professional practice defines the need to establish policies and procedures to coordinate response, continuity and recovery activities with external agencies at the local, regional and national levels while ensuring compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.

BIO: Fred Sebren, CHPCP.CBCLA.CBCP.CBCV. MBCI.ITILv3, is Vice-Chair of the DRI International Commission and Chair of the Professional Practices Committee. He also acts as the Commission’s Education Liaison. He can be reached at fred@sebren.com or (972) 442-6985.

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