Integrated governance - Effective business continuity management

Governance and the BCM life cycle

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Potential issues in the BC life cycle activities caused by the lack of an integrated governance


Potential issues in the BC life cycle activities caused by the lack of an integrated governance

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Numerous challenges exist in achieving effective BCM governance.

Without governance, there will likely be disorder in the BCM life cycle.

A BCM life cycle has six phases:

  • Plan the program
  • Assess the impact and risk
  • Develop the continuity and recovery strategies and plans
  • Implement the continuity and recovery strategies
  • Exercise the plans
  • Sustain and maintain the plans and the overall program

By virtue of a life cycle, there are continual sustain-and-maintain activities to help ensure that the BCM program remains viable over time. Governance plays a significant role in each of these phases and the transition from one to another.

Without governance, there will likely be disorder in the BCM life cycle.

Potential issues in
the BC life cycle activities

Potential issues in the BC life cycle activities caused by the lack of an integrated governance

Integrated governance within the plan and assess phases means sponsorship and support from executive management, aligned priorities among businesses, and coordination between business units and DR teams. This leads to the identification and protection of critical business functions.

Integrated governance of the develop and implement phases helps ensure well-defined roles and responsibilities across the teams. This is key to carrying out a well-coordinated recovery effort to meet business and IT objectives and minimize the impact of an outage.

Finally, integrated governance of the exercise and sustain and maintain phases supports a process to effectively conduct plan reviews and spread BC and DR awareness among employees.

This promotes increased preparedness to address threats and risks.


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