IT Service Continuity Management

IT service continuity management (ITSCM) covers the processes by which plans are put in place and managed to ensure that IT Services can recover and continue even after a serious incident occurs. It is not just about reactive measures, but also about proactive measures – reducing the risk of a disaster in the first instance.

ITSCM is regarded by the application owners as the recovery of the IT infrastructure used to deliver IT Services, but as of 2009 many businesses practice the much further-reaching process of business continuity planning (BCP), to ensure that the whole end-to-end business process can continue should a serious incident occur (at primary support level).

ITSCM involves the following basic steps:

prioritising the activities to be recovered by conducting a business impact analysis (BIA)
performing a risk assessment (aka risk analysis) for each of the IT services to identify the  assets, threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures for each service.
evaluating the options for recovery
producing the contingency plan
testing, reviewing, and revising the plan on a regular basis.