business resilience

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Disaster prevention and mitigation strategies: Strike early and often
Contributor(s): Bianca Rawson

Business resilience is the ability an organization has to quickly adapt to disruptions while maintaining continuous business operations and safeguarding people, assets and overall brand equity. Business resilience goes a step beyond disaster recovery by offering post-disaster strategies to avoid costly downtime, shore up vulnerabilities and maintain business operations in the face of additional, unexpected breaches. 

Business resilience begins with an understanding that workflows must be preserved in order for organizations to survive unexpected events. An often-overlooked challenge of business resilience planning is the human element, whereby individuals in a chaotic situation must be prepared and educated on how to respond accordingly.  

Business resilience planning is sometimes referred to as business continuity planning.

See also: business continuity management, business continuity audit, business continuity software, business continuity action plan, BCDR

This was last updated in January 2014

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