Business Continuity and Risk Management

With the increased awareness of organisations regarding the need to protect vital business functions, the terms "business continuity" and "risk management" are becoming common parlance.

In a practical context, the lines between business continuity and risk management often are blurred in that the two disciplines use similar tools and techniques to reach their specific goals, including risk assessment, business continuity planning, and business impact analysis. In essence, both business continuity and risk management have a similar focus--that is, giving organisations the ability to effectively cope with risk and understand how it affects their organisation. IRCA’s approach to business continuity is about prevention, which parallels risk management in that it seeks to identify the early signs of disaster. Our approach requires that we acquire:

  • An understanding of the clients business
  • Determine what is an appropriate BCM Strategy
  • Developing a suitable response
  • Implementing the BCM Response into the company culture
  • Exercising, maintain and constantly review the effectiveness of the BCM

Although risk management and business continuity efforts are becoming increasingly prevalent, many organisations still view these activities as an end in and of themselves rather than means to encourage a risk-focused culture, which is essentially the ultimate goal of management when adopting these disciplines into their decision-making process. Unless the concepts of risk management and business continuity are institutionalised into day-to-day activities, organisations will have limited success in these areas and leave themselves dangerously exposed.

It is also important to differentiate between the types of incidents on the business continuity continuum.

Business continuity is an evolving essential component of risk management, and we ensure full alignment and compliance to developments within the industry. We are renown for system’s integration, and thus confidently state that our interventions align to:

  • BS 25999 Business Continuity Management
  • BS 27001 Information Security
  • ISO/IEC 20000 IT Security Management
  • ISO/PAS 22399:2007 Guideline for incident preparedness / operational continuity management
  • NFPA 1600: Disaster / Emergency Management and Business Continuity programs
  • Including the new International Standard for Business Continuity - ISO 22301 Societal Security Business Continuity Management Systems Requirements

We fully comprehend the challenges faced by organizations for managing all risks, especially those with catastrophic business interruption potential, in a comprehensive manner as an approach to corporate responsibility. Our interventions are designed to

  • Reduce the impact of an incident
  • Shorten the period of disruption

During project execution, we ensure that the business continuity management system address each of the three phases of the crisis management process:

These processes occur in conjunction with and in alignment with the clients policies, programme and capabilities, which determine the success of any interventions.

IRCA Middle East offers the following HSE services:
  • Auditing
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Coaching and Assurance
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Environmental Risk and Sustainability
  • Legal Services
  • Organisational Development & Behaviour Interventions
  • Risk Assessments
  • Security Risk
  • Sourcing and Placement of HSE specialists
  • Software Solutions
  • Training and Education

Offices in Middle East

IRCA Global Oman Office 206, 3rd Floor Tamimah Complex
(Polyglot Building)
Al Wattaya , Pc 112 RUWI , Sultanate of Oman
Tel: +968 24560696
Fax: +968 24565796

IRCA Middle East L.L.C D2 Building
(Next to Yes Business Centre)
05th Floor, Office 501
Al Barsha 1, Behind Mall of Emirates,
P.O. Box: 66744,
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 385 1500
Fax: +971 4 385 1572

IRCA Middle East KSA Operations Physical Address- Office number-7,
3rd Floor,
Arab National Bank ATM Building
Near-Al-Dossary Hospital
4th Street Thukbah
AlKhobar-31952 , KSA
Tel: +966-13-8651154
Fax: +966-13-8949183