What is business continuity planning?

Business continuity planning is the process of identifying the parts of your company that are most vulnerable in order to create a plan to recover them if a business interruption occurs. Your company’s business continuity plan, in conjunction with business interruption insurance, form your business continuity management (BCM) program. Businesses with strong BCM programs are more resilient in the face of emergencies and disasters.

The steps involved in creating, implementing and maintaining a business continuity plan are listed to the right. The process of creating the plan is in itself a beneficial exercise. The resulting plan, if implemented and maintained, can be the difference between recovering from a business interruption and going out of business.