The Business Continuity Manager is responsible for ensuring that there are plans in place for an organization to continue to function in the event of a disaster or catastrophic event.
The Business Continuity Manager leads key stakeholders through the process of identifying IT risk and vulnerabilities, anything ranging from natural and environmental risks through to technological failures and security breaches, and putting in place the plan to deal with these.
The aim of the business continuity plan is to ensure that the business can continue to provide basic services till a ‘business as usual’ state can be recommenced. The Business Continuity Manager will need to work closely with the IT Security Manager and IT Architects to develop recovery plans for continuation of critical business systems and processes.
Critically the plan needs to be workable, and the business continuity manager will coordinate testing of the plan, and is also responsible for keeping it up-to-date as changes take place and as new risks emerge in the business.
- Scenario planning and risk assessment
- Prioritize the businesses to be recovered
- Document the business continuity plan
- Coordinate testing of the recovery strategy, plans and procedures
- Make sure all IT staff with responsibilities for fighting disasters are aware of their responsibilities
- Develop status reports on actions being taken to reduce vulnerability.
Potential Next Steps
Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Information Officer.
How to get there
AXELOS professional certifications are recognized worldwide by employers as an indicator of your skills and commitment as an ITSM professional.
The following certifications are aimed at practicing Business Continuity Manager and will support your development into more senior ITSM roles: