A Gap Analysis is a vital part of evaluating an organisation’s Business Continuity capabilities and preparedness. Its goal is to identify any gaps – or areas of weakness – within your Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). These weaknesses may increase the likelihood or impact of disruptive incidents. By carrying out regular gap analyses, your BCMS is more robust and the resilience of the organisation will be improved as a result, ensuring Business Continuity arrangements keep pace with the ever-changing business environment.
A gap analysis can be carried out on its own or as part of an audit depending on the maturity of the organisation’s BCMS.
Business Continuity Audit
We can complete an audit of your Business Continuity Plans, or any particular area within them. The audit will identify the existing level of Business Continuity Preparedness within your organisation, and compare it against pre-agreed standards.
PlanB Consulting has developed a Business Continuity Maturity Model, which compares the capabilities of our clients against industry standards and best practice, showing clear steps for improvement. The results are collated and presented in a report which gives an overall score and a list of recommendations that should be carried out.
The audit report provides a useful comparison against international standards, and sets a clear programme for improvement; if carried out, this will in turn improve Business Continuity arrangements within your organisation and enhance the overall resilience and robustness.
PlanB Consulting’s Director, Kim Maclean-Bristol, is a lead auditor for ISO 22301 and sits on the British Standards Institute’s BCM/1, the BSI Committee responsible for Business Continuity and developing the UK’s input for the standard. Our other Director, Charlie, is a Fellow of the BCI and contributes to the development of the BCI Good Practice Guidelines (GPG), this ensures that when we carry out an audit on any organisation’s BCMS, we can not only ensure that it is aligned with the ISO and the GPG, but we can also advise on the latest changes to the ISO and GPG, ensuring that your organisation is up to date after the audit.
We can audit the full BCMS of the entire organisation or we can focus on a particular aspect or area. Our clients have found this to be very helpful as sometimes only a certain area has experienced a large change or may be getting brought into the scope of the BCMS.
For whatever your reason to audit a single area or the entire organisation, PlanB Consulting can provide specialist services ensuring that each organisation benefits from the work we carry out.