Business continuity management
If you manage or own a business, you should have a robust, comprehensive and validated business continuity management (BCM) plan for unexpected emergencies.
This increases the chances of your business surviving a major incident. It'll help you to minimise the likelihood and/or impact of any disruption on your business or organisation.
What is business continuity management?
BCM is about planning to ensure an organisation has a quick and painless return to 'business as usual' in the event of a major interruption. This is regardless of the cause of the underlying incident (be it man-made, natural, accidental or deliberate).
The business continuity management cycle
Creating a BCM plan is best thought of as a cycle of activities, each leading to the next (and improving) stage of the process.
Each stage is described below and these and the supporting documents, which you may download and use, take you through the process:
- Stage 1: Understanding your business critical activities
- Stage 2: Business continuity management strategies
- Stage 3: Developing the response
- Stage 4: Establishing the continuity culture
- Stage 5: Exercising and plan maintenance