Frequently Asked Questions

A holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organisation and the impacts to business operations those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capacity of an effective response that safe guards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities. Source: ISO 22301:2012

The best approach to business continuity planning would be to adopt a leading global guideline like the Good Practice Guidelines by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). It is the first choice of reference material for anyone needing to know about business continuity as part of their wider resilience related roles and responsibilities. The business continuity management lifecycle provides a framework to structure the approach to business continuity.

The period of time following an incident within which a product or service must be resumed, or activity must be resumed, or resources must be recovered. Source: ISO 22301:2012

The point to which information used by an activity must be restored to enable the activity to operate on resumption. Source: ISO 22301:2012

The BCI Good Practice Guideline 2018 edition, offers a safe separation distance between the original and duplicate resources that form the basis of the business continuity solution. The selection of a safe separation distance will define the maximum geographic extent of an incident that the organisations business continuity solutions can effectively respond to. Geographic separation usually decreases the likelihood of two sites being affected by the same incident. However, this may not provide protection for threats that are not location specific, for example, outbreaks of disease, or cyber attacks.