Business Continuity

Our Mission

OSU’s Business Continuity Management Program provides the guidance and coordination essential for University departments and units to improve resilience, manage business continuity risk, and strategically prepare to respond, recover, and resume critical functions and services due to unplanned interruption.

What is Business Continuity Management?

“Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a management process that identifies risk, threats and vulnerabilities that could impact an entity’s continued operations and provides a framework for building organizational resilience and the capability for an effective response” (DRI International, 2016).

“The objective of Business Continuity Management is to make the entity more resilient to potential threats and allow the entity to resume or continue operations under adverse or abnormal conditions. This is accomplished by the introduction of appropriate resilience strategies to reduce the likelihood and impact of a threat and the development of plans to respond and recover from threats that cannot be controlled or mitigated” (DRI International, 2016).

(DRI Professional Practices Introduction)


  1. Establish a Business Continuity Program that provides for an ongoing management and governance process supported by top management and appropriately resourced to implement and maintain business continuity management (DRAFT ISO/DIS 22313, 2011)
  2. Maintain a Business Continuity Program aligned with the Vision, Mission, Values, and Core Goals of the University
  3. Ensure that appropriately placed pre-disaster plans, procedures, and resumption strategies are documented and exercised
  4. Provide for an efficient, prioritized, and coordinated response and decision making path to effectively manage incidents that pose a threat to our institution’s ability to fulfill its mission.
  5. Embrace and proactively support resilience as a culture; that an eminent University “…adapts successfully to disruptive changes by anticipating risks, recognizing opportunities, and designing robust products and processes.” (OSU Center for Resilience)


  1. Develop, implement, and maintain a University-wide Business Crisis and Continuity Management Framework, Policy, and Process
  2. Develop, implement, and maintain business crisis and continuity management practices and procedures
  3. Integrate continuity management practices and procedures into cross functional teams
  4. Assist in the identification, analysis, and management of key university processes and associated risks
  5. Consult on the development, maintenance, and exercising of maintainable crisis and continuity plans
  6. Monitor, measure, assess, and report status of continuity planning activities

Does my department need a plan?

All departments can benefit from participating in the continuity planning process. If a plan is recommended for your area it can be established and exercised in as little as 3-6 planning sessions.

How do I get started?

Contact the Business Continuity Management Program team members below:

Matt Baldwin, CBCP
Business Continuity Coordinator