Business Continuity International
Continuity Management means is ensuring the continuity or uninterrupted
provision of operations and services. Business Continuity Management is an
on-going process with several different but complementary elements. Planning for
business continuity is a comprehensive process that includes disaster recovery,
business recovery, business resumption, and contingency planning.
should be business owned and incorporates a broad spectrum of professional disciplines.
a strategic and operational framework for the company to be more resilient to interruption
be an integral part of Corporate Governance.
on assuring continuous business processes and is a major factor in an
organization's survival during and after a disruption.
that do not have good business continuity plans often fail to recover from a
There are many risks that may threaten your organization by disrupting your
business processes. These risks include traditional emergencies like fires,
floods, earthquakes, risks from terrorism and telecommunications failures,
theft, employee sabotage.
BCM efforts are likely to make money for your company as they serve to
minimize disruptions and financial loss which might arise from the smallest of
means increased reliability and productivity for your company. These means
competitive advantage and increased market share.
Business Continuity Management is a relatively new term that is often thought of
as another way to say "disaster recovery" but it much more.
Business Continuity Management includes disaster recovery, business recovery,
business resumption, contingency planning, crisis and Emergency
Business Continuity Management therefore, is a comprehensive process to ensure
the continuation and improvement of business in the face of whatever challenges
your company may face.
planning requires that these many processes be used together, to create a
complete continuity plan. The plan must be maintained and updated as business
processes change. Continuity plans must be tested.
Business Continuity Management will
enable your organisation to understand the risks and exposures that it faces,
and provide you with a clear understanding of what is needed to ensure its
survival, through preventative measures.
Business Continuity Management
is a process driven from the top of the organisation and not the other way
Financial Services Authority are keen to see effective BCM deployed at strategic
level in all financial organisations. The forthcoming Basel 2 regulations also
call for BCM to be established at industry good practice levels.
Continuity Management is a holistic management process that identifies potential
impacts that threaten an organisation and provides a framework for building
resilience and the capability for an effective response which safeguards the
interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating
Continuity Management is recognised as a critical element of the public and
private organisation environment and has achieved new levels of professional
competence and maturity within a relatively short period of time.
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