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Risk & Business Continuity Management

Business Continuity Assessment and Analysis

The benefits of drone deployment during actual crises are well-known. They have supported emergency response teams around the world many times to date - providing critical, real-time insight for faster damage assessments and faster recovery decisions. But drones can be deployed during the assessment and analysis phases to great effect.

For most businesses, the majority of incidents will be out of their control. But for many who hold responsibility to maintain structural assets - buildings, powerlines, turbines and physical infrastructure - an incident is far more likely to impact badly when BC planning has not been effective or frequent enough. Collecting accurate data periodically therefore, can help inform that critical first stage assessment process.

Large organisations with dedicated risk or BC resource will be fully engaged in identifying risk and recovery priorities - quantifying the potential losses of service or delivery failure and identifying the resources needed to recover operations.

These processes need to be conducted regularly and frequently to maintain the effectiveness of recovery plans, even if the risks feel unlikely or extreme. Those recovery plans must then be rehearsed or "exercised" to test the readiness of the organisation.

In short, Business Continuity planning is a crucial process requiring accurate and up-to-date assessments.

Tracking Changes in Risk Level

Facilities and Maintenance Managers in large organisations have been using aerial technology for routine surveys for some time. Business Continuity Managers are beginning to understand that drones can bring more up-to-date, high quality data at a fraction of the cost of traditional assessment methods, particularly where assets are sited in hard-to-reach locations or access presents additional risk. Importantly, this data can be updated frequently and cost-effectively to suit BC strategy and recovery plans, and therefore help track changes in risk level.

Using Drones in Real Time Exercises

Live exercising helps organisations to understand how robust their plans are and whether all those involved in the recovery process understand their specific roles and responsibilities. For BC Managers, exercising helps them gain an accurate understanding of the likely recovery timescales, so the more accurate the exercise, the better the outcome. Drones can be deployed quickly and easily and play a significant part in shrinking response timescales.

As governance surrounding drone use matures, so the safe application of drones as data provider grows. Including drones in planning, assessment and validation processes therefore will make sense to those responsible for developing Business Impact Analyses and maintaining Business Continuity Plans.

To find out more about aerial assessment surveys for business continuity planning and exercising, please get in touch.


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