Impact Analysis

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1. The identification of critical business processes & the potential damage or loss that may be caused to the organization resulting from a disruption to those processes, or perhaps from a proposed change.

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)

2. Process of analyzing all operational functions and the effect that an operational interruption might have upon them.

(Source: ISO 22399:2007 – Societal Security - Guideline for Incident Preparedness and Operational Continuity Management) - clause 3.11

3. The identification of critical business processes and the potential damage or loss that may be caused to the organisation resulting from a disruption to those processes, or perhaps from a proposed change. Business impact analysis identifies the form the loss or damage will take; how that degree of damage or loss is likely to escalate with time following an Incident; the minimum staffing, facilities and services needed to enable business processes to continue to operate at a minimum acceptable level; and the time within which they should be recovered. The time within which full recovery of the business processes is to be achieved is also identified.

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

4. The identification of critical business processes, and the potential damage or loss that may be caused to the organisation resulting from a disruption to those processes.

(Source: OGC, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3)