Business continuity management is defined as the advanced planning and preparation of an organization to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming after a disaster has occurred.  It also involves defining potential risks including fire, flood or cyber attacks.

Business leaders plan to identify and address potential crises before they happen. Then testing those procedures to ensure that they work, and periodically reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date.

Disaster Recovery

What’s the difference between business continuity and disaster recovery? The former is the overarching plans that guide operations and establish policy. Disaster recovery is what happens when an incident occurs.

Disaster recovery is the deployment of the teams and actions that are sprung. It is the net results of the work done to identify risks and remediate them. Disaster recovery is about specific incident responses, as opposed to broader planning.

After an incident, one fundamental task is to debrief and assess the response, and revising plans accordingly.

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Important keywords

Business Continuity

Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

Data and Information Security


Disaster relief

Emergency management

Risk Management

Natural disaster

Emergency preparedness

Business planning

Crisis management

Problem solving

Print Books

Business continuity management: a crisis management approach

Call number HD49. E44 2010

Business continuity management: a crisis management approach

Call number HD49 .E44 2002

Business continuity management: building an effective incident management plan

HD49 .B59 2009

Auditing business continuity management plans: assess and improve your performance against ISO22301

HD49 .S567 2012

A practical approach to business impact analysis: understanding the organisation through business continuity management

HD49 .C43 2011

Business continuity management standard guidelines

HD49 .N277 2015

Principles of emergency management and emergency operations centers (EOC)

HD49 .P75 2011

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