Business continuity is an organization's ability to maintain essential functions [products and services] during and after a disruption has occurred. Business continuity planning establishes risk management processes and procedures that aim to prevent interruptions to mission-critical products and services, and reestablish full function to the organization as quickly and smoothly as possible.
The most basic business continuity requirement is to keep essential functions up and running during a disruption and to recover with as little downtime as possible. A business continuity plan considers various unpredictable events, such as natural disasters, fires, disease outbreaks, cyberattacks and other external threats.
Business continuity is important for organizations of any size, but it might not be practical for any but the largest enterprises to maintain all functions for the duration of a disaster. According to many experts, the first step in business continuity planning is deciding what functions are essential and allocating the available budget accordingly. Once crucial components have been identified, administrators can put failover mechanisms in place.
Technologies such as disk mirroring enable an organization to maintain up-to-date copies of data in geographically dispersed locations, not just in the primary data center. This enables data access to continue uninterrupted if one location is disabled and protects against data loss.
Upon successful completion of this course, a candidate will be conferred with the professional designation of a Certified Business Continuity Manager [CBCM] which shall be valid for a period of three (3) years. The study duration is 6 (six) months. Only holders of a business-related degree and those in positions of authority will be allowed to enroll for this certification.