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BCM Discipline Chair

Jim Nelson
President of Business Continuity Services, Inc. (BCS), a consulting firm specializing in Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery planning, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
He is a frequent speaker, writer, instructor and practicing professional both domestically and internationally. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, has earned the MBCP certification from DRI International in 1998 and served as DRI’s Lead Instructor from 2002-2006.
He is chairman of the board for ICOR, is a board member for the Northern Illinois Chapter of ACP, and is a member of IAEM. Jim also serves as the Business and Relationship Management Consultant to International Association Management, Inc.


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   Business Continuity Management Review & Rate the Courses  
Business Continuity Management focuses on the programmatic issues associated with designing and developing organizational capabilities to address operational disruptions before, during and after a disaster or catastrophic event. In the United States Government the similar term of Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) is used for this capability. Business Continuity Management is the ability of an organization to provide service and support for its customers and to maintain its viability before, during, and after a disruption.

It is a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience with the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities. BCM is the management of recovery or continuity in the event of a disaster.  It includes the management of the overall program through training, rehearsals, and reviews, to ensure the plan stays current and up to date.

The Discipline of Business Continuity Management addresses the following elements:
  1. Initiating the Business Continuity Program: Developing policies, accountability, program
    ownership, and budget.
  2. Understanding the Organization: Aligning business continuity with the organization’s overall
    strategy, conducting a business impact analysis, and conducting a risk assessment.
  3. Developing Strategies to Protect the Organization: Evaluating the various approaches to
    protect the organization including a cost-benefit analysis of each approach.
  4. Developing a BCM Response: Developing the business continuity program that will be activated
    when the organization has a disruption or experiences a disaster.  Includes plans for managing loss of people, loss of facility(ies), loss of IT Infrastructure, loss of supply chain, and loss of reputation.
  5. Developing a BCM Culture: Awareness, training, testing, and exercising the organization’s
    people and processes to ensure that the people who will responsible for responding understand their roles and responsibilities.
  6. Maintaining & Auditing the Program: Essentials for keeping the business continuity program up to date and ready for activation. 

Credentialing Organizations / Certifications

ICOR recognizes the credentials offered by the organizations listed below as valid credentials.  ICOR offers credit for these credentials in the discipline of Business Continuity Management as part of our certification in Organizational Resilience.  To learn more visit:  ICOR Credentialing Program

• Certified Organizational Resilience Specialist in BCM >click here

Business Continuity Institute (BCI)
>click here
• FBCI: Fellow of BCI
• MBCI: Member of BCI
• SBCI: Specialist of BCI 
• ABCI: Associate Member of BCI
• CBCI: Certified in BCI

DRI International (DRII)
>click here

Business Resilience Certification Consortium: BRCCI / Sentrex
• CBRM:  Certified Business Continuity and Resilience Manager

Professional Development / Courses
ICOR recognizes training offered by other organizations and offers CEU credit toward ICOR certification by the organizations listed below in the discipline of Business Continuity Management.  To learn more visit:  ICOR Credentialing Program

ICOR Courses:
• Essentials of Business Continuity Management series >click here
• Implementing ISO 22301 >click here
• Auditing BCM Programs: ISO 22301 Lead Auditor
>click here
• Th
e Business Continuity Model Assessor's Training >click here

Business Continuity Institute (BCI) >click here
• Good Practice Guidelines

DRII Courses: >click here

BRCCI / Sentryx Courses: >click here

Institute for Business Continuity Training: >click here

Networking Opportunities / Local Chapters

• Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) >click here
• Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) >click here
• For a complete listing of independent groups >click here

ICOR recognizes each of the conferences listed on our Conference Page as eligible for CEU credit for maintaining your ICOR certification.  Some of the conferences included on this page also provide discounts to ICOR members.

Magazines / E-Zines / Periodicals / Discussion Forums

• Continuity Insights Magazine and E-Zine >click here
• Disaster Recovery Journal and E-Zine >click here
• Continuity Central >click here
• ICOR LinkedIn >click here
• Rothstein Business Continuity >click here

Ask the Experts
Do you have questions you'd like to ask an expert in the discipline of Business Continuity Management?   ICOR offers free resources via our Experts!  Jim Nelson, President of Business Continuity Services, Inc., is the Discipline Chair for BCM and is one of ICOR's experts in BCM.  Contact him at Jim@BusinessContinuitySvcs.com if you have questions!

• Link to the ICOR experts page >click here


• Continuity Central >click here
• BC Management >click here
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