To develop an appropriate business continuity management plan, you must first understand what activities or processes are essential to ensure your business maintains its critical activity.

By undertaking a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), you can identify, quantify and qualify the impacts of a loss, interruption or disruption to your business processes. This will help you identify critical deliverables, evaluate recovery priorities and assess the risks that could lead to a disruption in your business/service delivery.

You should first identify which resources you require to maintain the crucial areas within your business, for example:

  • staff
  • communications
  • data and information
  • suppliers
  • premises
  • plant and specialist equipment

A good Business Impact Analysis (BIA) will help you develop appropriate continuity strategies as part of the next phase of your business continuity management cycle.

Business Impact Analysis (BIA) checklist

  • what are the objectives of my organisation?
  • how are my business objectives achieved?
  • what are the organisation's products/services?
  • who is involved (both internally and externally)?
  • what are the time imperatives on the delivery of products or services?

Download a 'quick reference' Business Impact Analysis (BIA) guide to assist you with your Business Impact Analysis planning.

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