What is a BCMS?

A business continuity management system (BCMS) is essentially a collection of data, analyses, documents, contingencies and similar arrangements which are documented roles, responsibilities and capabilities that together enable the organisation to respond to an unforeseen incident in the best possible way; that is, to execute, as intended, its business continuity, or incident management, plan.

An underlying principle is that of ‘Gestalt’: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The constituent parts of a BCMS can be, and often are, developed separately, although quite often some are missing or incomplete and do not integrate with the others. The most common situation is that key elements are ...

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