Who do CEOs turn to regarding organisational resilience?

Words of wisdom

A recently released paper by the Australian Government indicates that CEOs turn to their Human Resources departments first when thinking about resilience in their organisations rather than Business continuity or risk managers.

The shocking results come from a survey of 50 CEOs undertaken in 2011/12 which show that CEOs mention HR Departments 10 times and Business continuity/risk managers only 6 times on average.

What do these figures tell us? Well, it would seem that the HR department is better at getting the ear of the CEO than the continuity and risk managers.

There is a silver lining to this story though. The same survey showed that CEOs are likely to consult equally with their board and general staff on matters of organisational resilience. Both boards and staff got a respectable score of 8, still less than the personnel department, but more than the specialists.

Why do you think HR is winning the heart of the CEO over the risk manager?



For more information: – Australian Government


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Alex Weblng

BSc, BA (Hons), Gdip Comms, GdipEd, ZOP Alex has 20 years of experience in the Australian Government working in the fields of national security, information and cyber-security, counter-terrorism, , nuclear science, chemical and biological security, protective security and critical infrastructure protection, identity security, biometrics, and resilience. Alex was the foundation Director of the Australian Government computer emergency response team, GovCERT.au (later CERT Australia). He developed and project managed a world first program to train CERTs in developing APEC countries. Alex set up the Trusted Information Sharing Network Resilience Community of Interest in 2008 and produced the first Australian Government Executive Guide to Resilience. Head of Protective Security Policy in 2010, Alex was responsible for launching the revised Protective Security Policy Framework and the single information classification system for the Australian Government. Alex has both significant experience and tertiary qualifications in the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) area. He was head of the Chemical Security Branch of the Attorney-General’s Department; responsible for nuclear policy during the construction of the Australian OPAL reactor; and represented the Attorney-General’s Department in the Security Sensitive Biological Agents development process, bringing to it a pragmatic, risk driven approach. As Director of Identity and Biometric Security Policy, Alex was responsible for developing the successful proposal to expand the Australian Document Verification Service into the private sector in 2012. Alex has been a member of the Australasian Council of Security Professionals since 2011 and a registered security professional in the area of Security Enterprise Management with the Security Professionals Register of Australasia.