Business Continuity Management

Commissum’s approach to Business Continuity Management (BCM) is fully BS 25999-compliant, and is backed by many years of experience. Embracing cross-sector good practice, services are tailored to your business to achieve real improvements to your continuity provisions.

Business Continuity Management Issues

In today’s changing business world, where volatility and complexity are increasing, all businesses — irrespective of size or location — are exposed to a constant stream of threats and potential risks.

These include not only accidental threats such as fire, technical failures, accidents, project-related deficiencies and natural disasters, but also more malign issues such as cyber-crime, virus attacks, terrorism, supply chain disruption and financial market volatility. If any of these risks materialise and result in a major crisis or disaster, the impact on an organisation and its dependents can be devastating.

Many organisations adopt the attitude of “it won’t happen to me” as regards risk and business continuity. However, it is an essential part of prudent business practice, as well as a requirement of appropriate corporate governance in many regulated sectors, that viable continuity and contingency plans should exist to address potential threats.

Organisations must acknowledge and act on the need to understand their critical assets and potential vulnerabilities. They must establish robust processes that will enable them to make informed judgements, and to take decisive action based on accurate information should disaster strike.

Business continuity is an essential business process, and it is the responsibility of all levels of an organisation, not merely the highest. It is vital that all organisations, from SMEs to multinational organisations and Government departments, should have an integrated and fully-tested business continuity programme in place.

Business Continuity Management Approach

Commissum’s approach to business continuity management (BCM) is backed by many years of experience, and is fully BS 25999-compliant, as well as encompassing emerging standards such as BS 25777 for ICT. Our aim is:

  • To prevent business interruption where practical and appropriate
  • To minimise the impact of risks that do materialise
  • To prepare a response to the occurrence of unacceptable risks

Commissum will help you cut through to essentials in defining your BCM programme requirements and establishing your strategy. For each assignment we provide a service tailored to an organisation’s requirements, based on our seven-point approach as follows:

  • Business definition
  • Risk Analysis and Business Impact Analysis
  • Definition of continuity, mitigation and recovery strategies
  • Development of the Business Continuity Plan
  • Integration with the business, and education of the staff
  • Testing and rehearsing of the plan
  • Maintenance and auditing of the programme

This seven-point approach allows for a constant cycle of improvement that would include regular awareness and training programmes.

Business Continuity Management Customer Benefits

Commissum’s independent BCM experts will define and establish a BCM process appropriate to you.

Our BS 25999-based approach will provide you with the confidence that your BCM strategy will:

  • Reduce the probability that an event will become a disaster
  • Minimise the impact of a disaster if it happens
  • Provide the management framework for reacting to and recovering from a disaster
  • Provide a benchmark that allows you to measure improvement
  • Satisfy corporate governance requirements
  • Maintain or increase shareholder value
  • Offer the potential to decrease insurance premiums

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