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Business Continuity Management (BCM)

1. Business Continuity Management or BCM is an organization-wide discipline and a complete set of processes that identifies potential impacts which threaten an organization. It provides a capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its major stakeholders and reputation.

Related Term: Business Continuity Planning

BCM Institute Business Continuity Management Umbrella
BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 0: BCM Fundamentals CL 1B: Foundation (BC)
BCMBoK Competency Level
BCMBoK 0: CM Fundamentals CL 1C: Foundation (CM)

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Holistic management process that identifies potential threats to and organization and the impacts to business operations those threats , if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

(Source: ISO 22301:2012 – Societal Security – Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements) - clause 3.4


3. Holistic management process that identifies potential threats to an organization and the impacts to business operations that those threats, if realized, might cause, and which provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities

(Source: AE/HSC/NCEMA 7000:2012)


4. A holistic management process that identifies potential impacts which threaten an organization and provides a framework for building organizational resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities.

(Source: SS540 Singapore Standard on Business Continuity Management - SS 540:2008)

5. A holistic management process that identifies potential impacts which threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities.

(Source: British Standard BS25999-1:2006 Code of Practice for Business Continuity Management)


6. A holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities.

(Source: Business Continuity Institute - BCI)


7. A holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organisation and provides a framework for building resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities. Also the management of the overall programme through training, rehearsals, and reviews, to ensure the plan stays current and up to date.

(Source: ENISA - the European Network and Information Security Agency. BCM & Resilience Glossary)


8. Business Continuity Management provides for the availability of processes and resources in order to ensure the continued achievement of critical objectives.

(Source: HB 221:2004 Business Continuity Management)

8. Business continuity management provides for the availability of processes and resources in order to ensure the continued achievement of critical objectives.

(Source: Malaysia BCM Standard MS1970:2007)

9. Management process that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value-creating activities by identifying potential impacts that threaten the organization and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response.

(Source: Australia. A Practitioner's Guide to Business Continuity Management HB292 - 2006 )