What is Business Continuity?
Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organisation, 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.
The aim of any business continuity plan is to ensure that, despite serious incident or ongoing disaster, an enterprise is able to recover and self-manage a minimally operational state within a short turnaround time after interruption.
The BCM approach to business continuity involves the creation of resilience through redundant and surplus systems, the recovery of critical functions and assets without delay, and contingency based flexibility where business is able to operate even if backup measures fail.
These business continuity plans often account for natural disasters, serious personal accidents, critical IT infrastructure crashes and malware infection, and loss of key suppliers among many other disaster scenarios.
In terms of ICT, business continuity mainly refers to the ability to recover from severe crashes, virus infections, server destruction, network failure and the like with as little interruption to productivity as possible.
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The Infoprotect Service
Businesses often don’t realise the true cost of downtime. Business continuity is critical for maintaining business and reputation.
The main purpose of Infoprotect’s BCM is to ensure that your organisation has a response to major disruptions which 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.
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 and differentiate your business.
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 your BCM should always be that it is undertaken because it adds value to your organisation through the products and services it delivers rather than governance or regulatory considerations.
Infoprotect offers a physical office recovery environment which includes desks, chairs, phones, and network and internet access.
Additionally, our facility offers the the use of a canteen, bathroom facilities with disability access, an executive boardroom as well as sheltered pause area.
These facilities will be made available to you within 4 hours of declaring a disaster. Our recovery environment will be available to you on a 24/7 basis for the duration of any declared disaster, or for your testing purposes.
Servers will be kept in a cold state for faster recovery time in the event of a disaster.