I came across an advertisement the other day that really scares me.
And it's not even fright night.
The ad is offering me a "Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan Template."
Templates are scary enough, but then the ad copy goes to a bullet list that includes
- An easy to use Microsoft Word (r) template
- Logical and simple to follow
- Easy to understand instructions - no experience required!
- Free and unlimited 12 Months support from expert consultants
All this and more for the paltry sum of US$397.58 (also payable in Aus$ or Euros).
And the blurb promises that the template "Meets compliance requirements (SOX, ITIL, BS25999, ISO 17799/27001, HB 221)."
W O W
Oh yes, the ad promised that - for a limited time only - the advertiser will throw in five FREE Business Continuity Templates"
I'm curious about these "expert consultants." Are there any consultants out there - expert of otherwise - who have agreed to provide support for a (relatively) inexpensive software package?
I wonder if the people who cobbled together the software have any business continuity experience. Do they even know - or care - that disaster recovery is NOT business continuity and that D/R is an integral part of BC?
I've been in business continuity for a baker's dozen years and I know that "no experience necessary" almost assures a useless plan that promotes an undeserved level of confidence - "We have a plan so we're safe from all threats." People are injured or die from that level of false confidence; businesses fail despite "The Plan"
OK, there is some sour grapes to this. I worked hard to gain the knowledge I have (and share). Programs promising to create a plan "no experience necessary" cut into my income as well as jeopardizing people and business.
Anyone who expects a "check the box"e plan to save their assets is foolish.
I hope whoever buys and uses this product never needs to use it.
John Glenn, ,MBCI
Enterprise Risk Management practitioner
Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Florida
JohnGlennMBCI at gmail dot com