Course Outline

1. Introduction to Business Continuity Management

This section of the module provides a basic introduction to the discipline of business continuity management, describes how it should fit in with the overall strategy of a business, provides a brief overview of risk management.

1.1 The need for Business Continuity Management
1.2 The context of Business Continuity Management in the business
1.3 Leadership and senior management commitment to Business Continuity
1.4 Review of Risk Management Fundamentals
1.5 The Business Continuity Institute’s Lifecycle

2. BC Policy and Programme Management

This section of the module describes both the initial stages and the requirements for the ongoing management of the business continuity management programme.

2.1 Initial activities
2.2 Implementing the BC Programme
2.3 Supply Chain Continuity
2.4 Documentation

3. Understanding the Organisation (Analysis) – 10 hours

This section of the module describes how the business continuity manager sets about understanding the organisation and initiates the overall business continuity management programme.

3.1 Identification of Business–Critical Areas
3.2 Terminology
3.3 Business Impact Analysis
3.4 Continuity Requirements Analysis
3.5 Threat and Vulnerability Assessments
3.6 Horizon Scanning
3.7 Risk Assessment
3.8 Evaluation of Options
3.9 Business Cases and Programme Sign-Off

4. Determining the Business Continuity strategy (Design)

This section of the module describes how the organisation develops an overall business continuity strategy.

4.1 Strategic Options
4.2 People
4.3 Premises
4.4 Processes and Procedures
4.5 Technology
4.6 Information
4.7 Supply Chain
4.8 Stakeholders
4.9 Civil Emergencies

5. Business Continuity Response (Implementation) – 6 hours

This section of the module describes how the organisation develops and implements the Business Continuity response.

5.1 Overall Incident Response Structure
5.2 Types of Plan
5.3 Incident Management Plans
5.4 Business Continuity Plans
5.5 Disaster Recovery Plans
5.6 Business Resumption Plans

6. Exercising, maintenance and review (Validation) – 4 hours

This section of the module describes the overall Business Continuity exercising, maintenance and review programme.

6.1 Exercising and Testing of Plans
6.2 Maintenance of Plans
6.3 Review of Plans

7. Embedding Business Continuity Awareness in the Organisation – 3 hours

This section of the module describes how Business Continuity awareness should be embedded into the organisation

7.1 Overall Awareness
7.2 Skills Training

8. Annexes

This section of the module describes the overall Business Continuity Management programme

8.1 Glossary of Terms and Definitions
8.2 References

Requirements

Candidates should ideally have 1-2 years experience in business continuity management. An awareness of ISO 22301:2019 the business continuity Standard would be beneficial. The course will primarily benefit those already involved in the areas of business continuity management including business mangers responsible for operational functions.

 35 Hours

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