Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

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Business Continuity Management (BCM)

- an integral part of Corporate Governance

The speed with which modern business is transacted means that a disruption of only a few hours can have a catastrophic impact on the profitability and reputation of the affected organisation. Although this will have an immediate and adverse impact, it can also damage an organisation’s long term viability.

An effective business continuity management (BCM) program can help to mitigate operational interruptions, crises and disasters that occur, by providing the means for organisations to quickly return to a state of 'business as usual' should these events occur. Once management has established a business continuity plan (BCP), it must be tested and exercised to validate whether operations will perform as anticipated.

The Value of Business Continuity Management

Organisations cannot possibly prepare for every scenario, but the more extensive planning and preparation, the better-prepared the organisation is to react to such unexpected events. A robust Business Continuity Plan (BCP) documents the steps to be taken, the resources needed and the procedures to be followed before, during and after the crisis. Effective Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs will typically include the following characteristics:

  • Increased levels of employee readiness to ensure safety of personnel and an organised organisational response
  • Compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and fiduciary responsibilities to avoid potential penalties and litigation
  • Prioritised recovery of the organisation's business processes to achieve optimal allocation of resources focused on protecting revenue and containing costs
  • Facilities/workspace management solutions that balance the high cost of real estate against the need to disperse the organisation's intellectual capital
  • Customised response strategies focused on high probability scenarios that ensure the efficient and effective allocation of the organisation's Business Continuity Plan (BCP) budget
  • Well-planned incident response/communications framework designed to address internal and external requirements
  • Awareness of business partner/third party continuity plans to ensure uninterrupted service and protection of the entire value chain.

Our engagements can begin anywhere along the following BCM lifecycle and are tailored to your organisation’s operating strategy and business requirements.

  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Risk Assessment: An enterprise-wide understanding of key business functions and processes
  • Recovery Strategy Selection: Identifying practical and cost-effective strategies
  • Business Continuity Plan (BCP), Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) and Crisis Management Plan (CMP) Development: Using a workshop approach to stress realistic recovery plans after a disruption
  • BCP Testing and Maintenance: Testing that increasingly challenges your teams
  • BCM Programme Evaluation Including Individual Plan Assessments: Understanding how your programme compares to existing standards and other companies
  • Emergency Preparedness Evaluation and Plan Development: Helping our clients secure the safety of their employees.