Business 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 activities. Protection of the most important asset “the people”.
Business Continuity Management Elements, ISO22301 & Best Practices
Project Initiation, Control, and Management
Risk, and Business Impact Analysis
Developing Business Continuity Strategies
Emergency Response, and Operations, Command, and Control
Developing, and Implementing Business Continuity Plans
Awareness, and Training Programs, E-Learning
Maintaining, and Exercising Business Continuity Plans
Public Relations, and Crisis Co-ordination
Co-ordination with Public Authorities
Business Continuity Plans (BCP’s)
Once the Risk Assessment,
Business Impact Analysis (BIA), and respective recovery strategies have been concluded, the next phase of continuity planning is documenting, how to respond to, and recover the business from an incident, disaster, or crisis:
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for example is something every organisation, large or small, should have, amounting to the preservation of the interests of a wide variety of stakeholders.
A BCP is a document containing the recovery timeline methodology, test validated documentation, procedures, and action instructions developed specifically for use in restoring organization operations in the event of a declared disaster. To be effective, the Business Continuity Plans also require testing, skilled personnel, access to vital records, and alternate recovery resources including facilities.
Properly written, a BCP is a collection of procedures and information which has been developed, compiled and maintained in readiness for use in the event of an emergency or disaster. This would include the elements of a disaster recovery plan (DRP).
Continuity of business
Means the business continues with minimum interruption, to a pre-determined level, and that sufficient contingencies have been put in place to allow the organisation to continue processing.
These include directors, shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and more often than not, the public whose interest (via the media) can help determine whether or not a business survives on reputation alone. A Business Continuity Plan will preserve intangible as well as tangible values.
We also customize our plan development approach to be most effective for your organizational culture, and ensure thorough knowledge transfer.
Your resulting BCP Plan will provide a solid foundation enabling safe, and timely recovery of Critical Business Functions and services reducing the frequency, duration, and occurrences of downtime and the associated costs.
With our proven methodology, Business Continuity International consulting is best positioned to help your company develop, and implement its Business Continuity Plan.
Consulting will also help deliver the Framework & Governance for Business Continuity Management, and Crisis Management to be delivered in line with Best Practices including internal controls to meet requirements of Corporate Governance.
Similarly with Emergency Response Plans (ERP), Crisis Management Plans, Crisis Communications Plans, and respective policies.
The BCP plan document will contain the recovery timeline methodology, test validated documentation, procedures, and action instructions developed specifically for use in restoring organization operations in the event of a declared disaster.
The Business Continuity Plan will also require testing, skilled personnel, access to vital records, and alternate recovery resources including facilities.
The Plan will analyse and identify the critical processes within the Group and the resources required to support them. It will provide guidelines for ensuring that personnel and resources are available for both preparation and response, and that the proper steps are carried out to permit the timely restoration of critical business processes and services.
Once completed, the plan
Will support Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management by maintaining and periodically testing procedures to ensure that recovery programs continue to match the critical functions of each and all departments in line with BCP Best Practice (twice a year)
Continuity of business means the business continues at a predetermined level of capability minimising interruption, and that sufficient contingencies have been put in place to allow the organisation to continue functioning.
This will involve the Business Continuity International consultant engaging the business users/managers in workshops, one to one meetings and completion of fact finding questionnaires
The BCP will contain at a minimum:
Minimum Operating Requirement (MOR) Report
Team Composition Report
Vital Records Database Report
Customer Contacts, Vendors and Suppliers Reports
Health and safety
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