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business Continuity, management, resilience, case studies
Never has the need for robust, resilient organizations been so evident as in recent times with more and more well-established organizations becoming unstable or even perishing as a result of the global recession. Added to these challenging economic times we have the demands of managing increasingly complex organizations, which are often highly dependent on sophisticated information systems and technology.
The British Standard for business continuity management, BS25999, draws on international good practice in this field and brings together a clear view of what should constitute effective business continuity management for organizations across all sectors. This paper provides an overview of the Business Continuity Management Lifecycle: which has the ultimate aim of embedding Business Continuity Management into the culture of an organization.
The research for this paper involved the completion of a number of case studies which investigated how BCM is implemented in a range of organizations. As each phase of the BCM Lifecycle is discussed an example of good practice, drawn from these cases, will be outlined in order to illustrate how the various elements of the BCM lifecycle may be implemented within organizations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.