CHAPTER 1Business Continuity Basics

AS A RESULT of catastrophic natural and human-caused disasters that have occurred over the past two decades, coupled with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, the interest in and need for business continuity has never been greater. For a large corporation or a small to medium-size enterprise, a business continuity program produces a level of resilience that enables the continuity or quick resumption of operations following any disaster. It is this capacity that ensures an organization’s ability to safeguard the interests of stakeholders, stay competitive, and comply with regulatory requirements. In some cases, business continuity can mean the difference between life and death for an organization. ...

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