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Business continuity planning (BCP)

Learn how to develop a business continuity plan to help resume, recover and restore your business operations.

Introduction to Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

Business continuity planning aims to resume, recover and restore business operations. It also helps to soften the impact of both sudden and gradual disruptions.

How does Business Continuity Planning differ from Business Continuity Management System? Learn more about the definitions and topics related to Business Continuity.

Introduction to Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)

BCMS helps organisations to develop and improve their business continuity planning (BCP).

Learn the importance of BCMS and find out more on its elements to get started:

  • Risk assessment
  • Business impact analysis
  • Business continuity strategies and solutions
  • Business continuity plan
  • Exercise

Risk assessment

The first part of BCMS is risk assessment which consists of 3 steps:

  1. Identify risk
  2. Analyse risk
  3. Evaluate risk

Business impact analysis

The second part of BCMS is the process of analysing the impact over time of a disruption based on the following factors:

  • Prioritised activities
  • Recovery time objectives
  • Dependencies
  • Resources

Business continuity strategies and solutions

Based on the results from the risk assessment and business impact analysis, the third part of BCMS determines the strategies to put in place.

Business continuity plan and exercise

The fourth part is to consolidate the information from the previous parts and document the details of the steps to take during a crisis.

In the final part of BCMS, the plan is complete after it is fully tested and exercised.

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