What is Business Continuity?

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Business Continuity is often described as ‘just common sense’. It is about taking responsibility for your business and enabling it to stay on course whatever storms it is forced to weather. It is about “keeping calm and carrying on”!

BC is about building and improving resilience in your business; it’s about identifying your key products and services and the most urgent activities that underpin them and then, once that ‘analysis’ is complete, it is about devising plans and strategies that will enable you to continue your business operations and enable you to recover quickly and effectively from any type disruption whatever its size or cause. It gives you a solid framework to lean on in times of crisis and provides stability and security. In fact, embedding BC into your business is proven to bring business benefits.

Business Continuity (BC) is defined as the capability of the organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is defined as a holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

At the heart of good BC practice, sits the BCM Lifecycle. 

The BCM Lifecycle shows the stages of activity that an organization moves through and repeats with the overall aim of improving organizational resilience.  These stages are referred to as the Professional Practices and are made up of Management and Technical Practices.

Find out more about business continuity by downloading the GPG Lite for free, or why not take our eLearning Building Resilience course that will take you through the basics of making your organization more resilient in the face of an incident.

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