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Business continuity, disaster recovery and ISO 22301


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What is business continuity and disaster recovery?

Business continuity planning (BCP) is a proactive approach that refers to the processes and procedures an organisation must implement to make sure operations can continue during and after a disaster. BCP is a response to an enterprise-level risk assessment. Best practice for business continuity management is set out in ISO/IEC 22301.


Disaster recovery planning (DRP) is a reactive approach that refers to the specific steps, actions, functions, sites, services or applications that an organisation must take to resume operations following an incident. A business continuity management system (BCMS) aligned to ISO 22301 will include disaster recovery planning.

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Business continuity challenges in the GCC market

There are many variables to doing business in the GCC market that can change quickly and influence potential risks. These risks can have a long-lasting impact on brand equity and the reputation of your business, as well as hold back business continuity within your organisation. Risks include cyber threats, cyber terrorism, financial risks, strategic and operational risks, cultural risks and terrorism.

The boards in GCC companies must make sure their organisation has developed and tested business continuity and disaster recovery plans that mitigate all risks.

Business continuity and disaster recovery plans provide a clear set of guidelines and steps that will return operations to normal as quickly as possible after a disaster.


ISO/IEC 22301:2012: The business continuity standard

ISO 22301 is an international standard that sets out the requirements for a business continuity management system (BCMS), which can be used by organisations of all sizes and types.

By creating a BCMS aligned with ISO 22301, organisations make sure they:

  • Reduce risk and improve response times during unplanned critical events;
  • Protect the organisation’s turnover, profits and reputation; and
  • Receive independently audited assurance that their business has established the necessary measures to respond to a disaster.

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