Business Continuity

What is Business Continuity Management?

Business Continuity Management (BCM) 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 that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities.

The Case for Business Continuity Management

“It won’t happen to us”, “We will cope – we always do”, “We are too big to fail” and “We are not a terrorist target” are frequent responses by businesses when questioned about their lack of preparedness. Others believe their insurance company will pay for everything. Most think they haven’t got the time to prepare for something that will never happen. The catalogue of businesses that have failed following an incident suggests that these responses are based on false assumptions.

Business continuity isn’t always optional

In many industries backup is a requirement and failing to do so can expose business to a liability risk. Business continuity provides a way to stand out against peers and differentiate your business.

What is the value of business continuity?

Businesses need to understand the value of their IT infrastructure and realise the true cost of downtime. Business continuity is critical for maintaining business and reputation.

How will it benefit my organisation?

The main purpose of BCM is to ensure that the organisation has a response to major disruptions that threaten its survival. Whilst this must be worthwhile in itself, there are other benefits that can be gained by embracing BCM as a management discipline. Some organisations have statutory and regulatory requirements either specifically for BCM or more generally for ‘risk management’ as part of their corporate governance requirement. An appropriate BCM plan will satisfy both the specific requirements and contribute both a response to specific risks and to the overall ‘risk awareness’ of an organisation. However the primary driver for BCM should always be that it is undertaken because it adds value to an organisation and the products and services it delivers rather than because of governance or regulatory considerations.

Infoprotect: Office recovery environment

This includes: Desk, Chair, Phone, Network access, Internet access.

The use of a canteen, bathroom facilities with disability access, executive boardroom as well as pause area will be made available within 4 hours of declaring a disaster.

This environment will be available on a 24×7 basis for the duration of any declared disaster or for testing purposes.

Servers will be kept in a cold state for faster recovery time in the event of a disaster.

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