Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability of an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle

The stages of activity that an organization moves through and repeats with the overall aim of improving organizational resilience.

Business Continuity Management Program

Ongoing management and governance process supported by Top Management and appropriately resourced to implement and maintain business continuity management.

Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)

Part of the overall management system that establishes, implements, operates, monitors, reviews, maintains and improves business continuity.

Business Continuity Management Team

A group of individuals functionally responsible for directing the development and execution of the business continuity plan, as well as responsible for declaring a disaster and providing direction during the recovery process, both pre-disaster and post-disaster.

Business Continuity Maturity Model (BCMM)

A tool to measure the level and degree to which BCM activities have become standard and assured business practices within an organization.

Business Continuity Plan Administrator

The designated individual responsible for plan documentation, maintenance, and distribution.

Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Documented procedures that guide organizations to respond, recover, resume and restore to a pre-defined level of operation following disruption.

Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

The process of developing prior arrangements and procedures that enable an organization to respond to an event in such a manner that critical business functions can continue within planned levels of disruption.

Business Continuity Program Board

A management group to give advice, guidance and management authorization to the BC Manager/coordinator/professional.