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Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a comprehensive approach to ensure the critical functions of anorganization continue to operate in the face of disruptions or crises. It encompasses risk assessment,business impact analysis, and the development of resilience strategies, plans, and exercises.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, disruptions – whether natural, technological, or man-made – are inevitable. BCM prepares businesses to respond effectively to these challenges, minimising downtime, financial losses, and damage to reputation

While both are integral to organizational resilience, BCM is a holistic approach focusing on the entire organisation’s survival during a crisis. In contrast, DR specifically targets the recovery of IT systems and data post-disruption.

A typical BCP includes a risk assessment, business impact analysis, recovery strategies, crisis communication plan, list of critical functions, roles and responsibilities, training and awareness programs, and a schedule for testing and reviews.

It’s advisable to review and update a BCP annually, or when there are significant changes to the business, its operations, or the environment it operates in. However, regular drills and exercises can provide insights for more frequent minor tweaks.

No. Businesses of all sizes can face disruptions. While the scale and complexity of BCM might vary, the core principles apply universally – from startups to multinational corporations.

If your business has operations, processes, or functions whose disruption could lead to financial losses,reputational damage, regulatory penalties, or any other significant negative impacts, then you would benefitfrom BCM.

While it’s possible to develop a BCP in-house, especially if you have the expertise, many organizationsbenefit from external consultants who bring in-depth knowledge, a fresh perspective, and best practices fromvarious industries.

Regular training, workshops, and simulations can help employees understand their roles in BCM. Effectivecommunication, leadership buy-in, and fostering a culture of resilience are also crucial.

The true test of BCM is how effectively an organization can respond to and recover from disruptions. Regular testing, drills, and after-action reviews provide tangible metrics. Feedback from stakeholders, downtime statistics, financial impact analyses, and recovery time objectives (RTO) can also offer valuable insights.