The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management

The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management

The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management

The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management


With a pedigree going back over ten years, The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management can rightly claim to be a classic guide to business risk management and contingency planning, with a style that makes it accessible to all business managers. Some of the original underlying principles remain the same - but much has changed. This is reflected in this radically updated third edition, with exciting and helpful new content from new and innovative contributors and new case studies bringing the book right up to the minute.

This book combines over 500 years of experience from leading Business Continuity experts of many countries. It is presented in an easy-to-follow format, explaining in detail the core BC activities incorporated in BS 25999, Business Continuity Guidelines, BS 25777 IT Disaster Recovery and other standards and in the body of knowledge common to the key business continuity institutes.

Contributors from America, Asia Pacific, Europe, China, India and the Middle East provide a truly global perspective, bringing their own insights and approaches to the subject, sharing best practice from the four corners of the world.

We explore and summarize the latest legislation, guidelines and standards impacting BC planning and management and explain their impact.

The structured format, with many revealing case studies, examples and checklists, provides a clear roadmap, simplifying and de-mystifying business continuity processes for those new to its disciplines and providing a benchmark of current best practice for those more experienced practitioners.

This book makes a massive contribution to the knowledge base of BC and risk management. It is essential reading for all business continuity, risk managers and auditors: none should be without it.


I am very pleased to be able to provide the foreword for The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management. As International Technical Director of The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) I am delighted that the discipline of Business Continuity Management (BCM) is starting to be recognized internationally as a major contributor to both business resilience and ultimately improved performance.

The first edition succeeded in getting many of the world‘s leading experts together in one publication. It provided a wide range of views and challenging opinions. There were few people who agreed with everything in every article, but all were thought provoking. The second edition carried on this approach but as the subject had matured there was a more definitive feel to the contributions. However, despite not setting out to be a textbook it has, in fact, been taken on board by many universities as their subject matter book of choice. I think this says a lot about the quality of the authors selected and also the major contribution by the editor of his own thoughts and perceptions. The BCI continues to talk about promoting ‘the art and science of BCM on a worldwide basis’ This might seem a little vague, but all serious subjects have a diverse range of professional opinion, each supported by highly committed, intelligent and articulate advocates. This should be seen as the strength of the discipline, not a weakness.

Business Continuity has grown up since the first edition. It now has its own formal standards, its own institutions and its own influence on governments. It has a global reach and a resonance that is understood from Europe to America, from Asia to Africa. Its principles work for multinational corporations and small businesses, for public as well as private sector organizations and in all geographical and political terrains. Perhaps most of all it has its personalities, thought leaders and an abundance of passionate advocates on the subject – many of whom are represented in this book.

I have known Andrew Hiles since around 1988, when we shared a vision of what the embryonic Disaster Recovery industry could become. I suspect that for both of us it has exceeded our expectations and this has much to do with changes we both strongly promoted. In particular the change of emphasis from . . .

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