Business Resilience & Continuity

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) “Identifies an organisation’s exposure to internal and external threats and synthesises hard and soft assets to provide effective prevention and recovery for the organisation, while maintaining competitive advantage and value system integrity”. It is also called Business Continuity and Resiliency Planning (BCRP). A Business Continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under adverse conditions such as a storm or a crime. In the US, Governmental entities refer to the process as Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).

Any event that could impact operations is included, such as supply chain interruption, loss of or damage to critical infrastructure (major machinery or computing/network resource). therefore, risk management must be incorporated as part of BCP.

In December 2006, the British Standards Institution (BSI) released an independent standard for BCP — BS 25999-1. Before the introduction of BS 25999, BCP professionals relied on information security standard BS 7799, which only peripherally addressed BCP to improve an organisation’s information security procedures. BS 25999’s applicability extends to all organisations. In 2007, the BSI published BS 25999-2 “Specification for Business Continuity Management”, which specifies requirements for implementing, operating and improving a documented Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).

In 2004, the United Kingdom enacted the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, instructing emergency services and local authorities to prepare for emergencies actively. Local authorities were given the legal obligation to actively lead the promotion of Business Continuity practices in their respective jurisdictions.

Business Resilience is the ability an organisation has to quickly adapt to disruptions and maintain continuous business operations, while safeguarding people, assets and corporate image. Ensuring business continuity and longevity requires thorough preparation at every stage, we will work with you from concept to completion, with your requirements and operational needs at the heart of everything we do.