The Essential need for a Business Continuity Management Team

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Corporations Worldwide are becoming more aware of the essential need for a BCM Team

In the wake of various natural disasters, man-made distributive/destructive events such as 9/11, car bombings, etc. Corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the vital importance and need for a Business Continuity Management Team or BCM Team.

The Business Continuity Management (BCM) Team

It is imperativethat the correct BCM team is assembled, a BCM Manager and a full governance structure put in place.
To ensure company-wide visibility and success the BCM team need the full co-operation support from senior management.

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It is the responsibility of the BCM Manager / Executive to:

  • Implement and ensure company awareness of the Business Continuity Plan
  • Coordinate the BCM planning throughout the various departments in the organization
  • Ensure the BCM team have adequate funding, financial support, resources and support tools
  • Analyze past incident effectiveness of programs and coordinate the BCM planning
  • Build awareness as to the importance of the of BCM to the company and staff members alongside the impact not having or inadequate support or management can have on the company.
  • Aid in the support and guidance of the management and assessment of risk.

A comprehensive BCM Plan should include many different events, scenarios and disasters such as:

  • Power outages
  • Theft
  • Senior more public figures scandals
  • Facilities damage
  • Various threats
  • Product safety
  • Interruptions to supply chain
  • IT incidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical security threats
  • Severe weather

Once these events, disasters, threats, etc. have been identified it is easier to select the BCM team members.  Most BCM Teams are made up of the following roles:

  • Executive Sponsor
  • Key Suppliers
  • Team members can be broken into various departments each with the following members:
  • Risk Management
  • Administration
  • Customer support
  • Business Continuity Manager
  • Executive Sponsor
  • Production
  • IT
  • HR
  • Logistics and or Operations
  • Quality
  • Buildings Maintenance

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Defining Roles and Responsibilities

Once the team is in place it is wise to put virtual communications tools in place because you never know where the next disaster is going to occur, and most large companies are widespread through the country or world.

Once the systems are in place the next step is to define the roles and responsibilities of each team member.  Before this is set it is essential that each team member understands the BCM model the company has put into practice.

Conclusion

The incident management process usually starts with a Threat assessment, Impact Assessment per department, Communications protocol, recovery management and the post-threat analysis.

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