Business continuity helps protect your business from disruptive emergencies.
A business continuity plan prepares your business or organisation and helps safeguard it against a range of disruptions. The plan will help your business:
- handle the disruption
- continue to function
- recover effectively afterwards.
It sets out what is required for your business to run - such as resources & structures - and the actions, tasks and data recovery process needed in the event of a disruptive incident, as well as recovery priorities and timescales. The plan will also state who is responsible for invoking it, and the contact details for those who need to be informed or involved.
Because business continuity plans focus on the impact of a disruption rather than the cause, it means that, when faced with disruption or disaster, essential services can be maintained or resumed with minimum delay and cost.
For example, if the impact of a fire or flood meant you couldn't reach your place of work, the business continuity plan would consider options such as an alternative work location.