Business Continuity: Back To Basics

9 Feb

As previously stated in this blog, there is a big difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. The two terms are often used interchangeably but this gives a false and undervalued view of what Business Continuity is. The most notable difference between the two is that Business Continuity is not something that comes about at the time of a disaster. It is embedded in the daily running of an organisation. It includes everything that is needed by the organisation to function successfully and profitably without disruption to service, regardless of adverse circumstances. It is there as a support to the organisation in maintaining service consistency and recoverability [1].

By stripping back Business Continuity to this basic level (a level of daily use), it emphasises the need for a Business Continuity Plan to be at the fore front of every organisation. It needs to be supported and endorsed from the top management of the organisation, right down throughout the various levels so that it is simply a way of business on a daily basis, without which normal operations may suffer.

So if this really is the case, why is it so often mistaken for Disaster Recovery? This is most probably a product of people paying attention to a Business Continuity Plan in times of adversity. It is most notable when called upon at these times. Therefore, to say Business Continuity is merely the practise of daily business operations is naïve. The success of a Business Continuity Plan will be decided only when tested, that is, when it is seen to operate in adverse circumstances.


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