Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management
About the Professional Practices
Created and maintained by Disaster Recovery Institute International, The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management is a body of knowledge designed to assist in the development, implementation, and maintenance of business continuity programs. It also is intended to serve as a tool for conducting assessments of existing programs.
Use of the Professional Practices framework to develop, implement, and maintain a business continuity program can reduce the likelihood of significant gaps in a program and increase cohesiveness. Using the Professional Practices to assess a program can identify gaps or deficiencies so they may be corrected.
Business continuity management (BCM), as defined in this document, is a management process that identifies risks, threats, and vulnerabilities that could impact continued operations. Business continuity provides a framework for building organizational resilience and the capability for an effective response. All other terms are defined in The International Glossary for Resiliency published and maintained by DRI International.
Professional Practices 2017
As part of DRI International’s ongoing efforts to maintain the relevance and utility of the Professional Practices, an extensive revision of substance, form, and function was undertaken starting in mid-2015 and finishing in the beginning of 2017. The goals were to provide information that would include:
In addition, the titles of two of the Professional Practices were modified to be consistent with industry and professional standards, specifically:
The Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management objectives:
1. Program Initiation and Management
2. Risk Assessment
3. Business Impact Analysis
4. Business Continuity Strategies
5. Incident Response
6. Plan Development and Implementation
7. Awareness and Training Programs
8. Business Continuity Plan Exercise, Assessment, and Maintenance
9. Crisis Communications
10. Coordination with External Agencies