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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Business Continuity Institute (BCI)?

The BCI is a Global Membership Insititution for Business Continuity Professionals. The overall purpose is to promote the art and science of business continuity worldwide. (Source: BCI)

What are Good Practice Guidelines (GPG)?

A Management Guide to Global good practice in Business Continuity. The Body of Knowledge produced by the Business Continuity Institute. (Source: GPG 2013)

What is Organisational Resilience?

Organisational Resilience is the capability of an organisation to anticipate key events from emerging trends, constantly adapt to change and to bounce back from disruptive and damaging incidents. (Source: GPG 2013)

What is Business Continuity (BC)?

Business Continuity is the capability of the organisation to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable redefined levels following a disruptive incident. (Source: ISO 22300)

What is Business Continuity Management (BCM)?

Business Continuity Management is a holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organisation and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realised, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organisational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)?

A Business Continuity Management System is part of the overall management system that establishes, implements, operates, monitors, reviews, maintains and improves business continuity. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is a BCM Lifecycle?

A BCM Lifecycle is the stages of activity that an organisation moves through and repeats with the overall aim of improving organisational resilience. (Source: GPG 2013)

What is a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)?

A Business Continuity Plan is a documented procedures that guide organisations to respond, recover, resume and restore to a predefined level of operation following disruption. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is a Business Impact Analysis (BIA)?

A Business Impact Analysis is a process of analysing activities and the effect that a business disruption might have on them. (Note: The GPG 2013 recommends that this is a four stage process, starting with an Initial BIA followed by Strategic, Tactical and Operational level BIA’s.) (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (MTPD)?

MTPD is the time it would take for adverse impacts, which might arise as a result of not providing a product/service or performing an activity, to become unacceptable.(Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is a Recovery Point Objective (RPO)?

RPO is the point to which information used by an activity must be restored to enable the activity to operate on resumption. Also referred to as Maximum Data Loss. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What is a Recovery Time Objective (RTO)?

RTO is the period of time following an incident within which a product or an activity must be resumed, or resources must be recovered. (Source: ISO 22301:2012)

What does the term "Replication" mean?

Replication is a continuity and recovery strategy where resources are copied to a dormant site, only being brought into live operations after an incident. (Source: GPG 2013)

What does the term "Standby" mean?

Standby is a continuity and recovery strategy where a facility is available to be made operational as required. (Source: GPG 2013)

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