Business Continuity Training for Financial Services Industries

A highly successful Business Continuity certification course will be presented in Las Vegas on January 18-21, 2010 for the financial services industries.
Nov. 18, 2009 - PRLog -- Banks, insurance companies, investment firms - if any business needs a Business Continuity Plan - it's these three.

The Institute for Business Continuity Training will follow-up on its recent, highly successful Business Continuity Certification training course with a second course in Las Vegas on January 18-21, 2010. This new course will specialize in the banking, insurance and financial services industry.

This Business Continuity Management course will teach a certified methodology for developing Business Continuity Plans.

Business interruptions can strike anytime, anywhere. Recent disasters in China and around the world, plus the Internet cable cutting incidents in the Arabian Gulf, serve as reminders that every business must have a business continuity plan.  Effective Business Continuity Planning ensures that critical business functions continue - no matter what happens.

Many banks and insurance companies in the USA still do not have an effective business continuity plan to deal with these emergency situations. In case of a major disaster, 40% to 60% of these would experience loss of business or injury to personnel.

"This is an exceptional and comprehensive course," notes Michael Bittle, Managing Director of the Institute for Business Continuity Training which is hosting this workshop. "Every bank and insurance company in the USA should send their senior management, HR, auditors, IT specialists, records managers, and virtually everyone involved with strategic business management."

"This course is particularly useful for organiations which do not have a Business Continuity Plan, or have one that only covers their computer systems. Recovering computer systems will not help you recover staff or customers," adds Mr. Bittle.

Entitled "Effective Business Continuity Management", this workshop incorporates both the new British Standard 25999 regarding Business Continuity Management, and the US NFPA 1600 standard. The course proceeds from project inception through to implementation and management. This includes sessions on Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis, and Awareness and Training, utilizing an "all hazards" approach applicable to every size and type of company.

Invitations have gone out to all banks, insurance companies and investment firms plus all major corporations and business associations in the US to send representatives to the course. "We expect banking and insurance companies will attend," Mr. Bittle says, "along with educational institutions, manufacturing, telecommunications and petroleum firms." Companies are encouraged to send two or more representatives to receive special discounts.

Two internationally-recognized experts will lead this intensive 4 day training course. Mr. Bittle holds both the CBRM and CCM certifications in business continuity planning with over 20 years experience in disaster planning and emergency management. He will be supported by Mr. Robert Swift, CPCU, CIPA, CBCP who is a business interruption and contingency planning specialist with over thirty years experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Course participants receive a Diploma in Business Continuity Management and also have the opportunity to write the professional exam for the Certified Continuity Manager designation at no additional charge. They also receive a CD-ROM full of electronic tools in Word, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint format covering all aspects of Business Continuity Planning, including a complete business resumption plan which can be used as a template for their own firm's BCP.

The Institute for Business Continuity Training is a leading international agency specializing in training corporations and governments on the value of effective business continuity plans. IBCT's training technique combines instructor-led discussion, case studies and group exercises, and their focus is to train participants in "industry best practices' as well as the "best principles" for developing Business Continuity Plans for their firms.

The regular course fee is $ 3500; there is a $ 500 per person discount for firms who send two or more people. Other time-related discounts are also available; hotel and meal expenses are included.

For additional information, contact Michael Bittle at


IBCT courses are very often cited as the best business continuity courses in the world. Our clients include American, Canadian and British government agencies, Fortune 500 and other corporations in North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean. IBCT offers in-person, online and private courses.

Contact Information:
Michael Bittle
Managing Director
Institute for Business Continuity Training
1623 Military Road, # 377
Niagara Falls NY 14304

T: +1-877-753-3147
F: +1-866-835-2112

The Institute for Business Continuity Training is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing private sector firms, government and other non-profit agencies with all the support they need to develop and maintain effective Business Continuity/COOP programs.

IBCT offers regularly scheduled public courses plus private in-house training, BCP/COOP consulting services, online training, BCP/COOP Plan testing and exercising, and BCP/COOP Gap Analysis and audit. All IBCT staff are professionally qualified BCP practitioners with at least 20 years of experience in private industry and/or government service.

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About IBCT: The Institute for Business Continuity Training is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing private sector firms, government and other non-profit agencies with all the training, consulting and support they need to develop and maintain effective Business Continuity programs.
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