1 day

Explore the Founding Blocks of Business Continuity Management and Learn how to Perform Solid BIAs

The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) technique is one of the most used by worldwide professionals when analyzing an organization’s requirements for Business Continuity purposes. It aims to identify the urgency of each activity led by an organization, according to the impact over time caused by any potential or actual disruption. Resilience professionals can then have a better overview of the potential solutions to suggest how to manage the different risks.

There are many types of BIAs, depending on the organization’s size, complexity and industry. Join this course to gain hands-on experience in preparing, conducting and reporting a BIA with our seasoned instructors. 

Course objectives

By achieving this course, you will: 

• learn the Business Impact Analysis general principles, concepts and assumptions
• practice all the steps of a BIA, from planning, to collecting and analyzing data, to presenting results as well as presenting solutions to a fictional management board
•gain experience on how to advise small and large organizations regarding resilience and recovery strategies 

What you will learn

Develop your expertise by learning how to analyze an organization’s context and environment to identify the level of urgency of each activity, as well as identify the appropriate strategies for adequate recovery. This 1-day course is based on the BCI Good Practice Guidelines, reflecting the current global thinking from ISO 22301, ISO 22313 and ISO/TS 22317 when performing a BIA.

Module 1 - The Concepts of a BIA: Introduce yourself to the basic concepts of a BIA such ad the Analysis Phase, the pre-requisites, the purpose, the Business Impacts on services, obligations and expectations, as well as the measurable impacts.

Module 2 - Products and Services (Strategic) BIA: Learn how to identify and prioritize products and services and determine the organization’s Business Continuity requirements at a strategic level.

Module 3 - The Process (Practical) BIA: Explore the different types of processes and what to implement for the delivery of the organization’s prioritized products and services.

Module 4 - The Activity (Operational) BIA: Determine how to identify and prioritize the activities that deliver the most urgent products and services, and to determine the resources required and the dependencies for the continuity of these activities.

Module 5 - The Initial BIA: Conduct a first high-level analysis in order to clarify the scope of a Business Continuity programme and to elaborate more detailed BIAs.

During this workshop, you will apply the concepts with different activities to fully grasp the principles, such as a real case study, which can be your own organization.

Who is this for?

The course is designed for every Business Continuity and resilience professionals who wish to gain a better knowledge of the BIA tool by obtaining practical experience:

  • Business Continuity professionals, risk managers and departmental heads involved in providing critical services with rapid expected recovery time
  • coordinators who need to conduct BIAs in the field
  • all professionals who work directly or indirectly with BIAs in their organization


For the Business Impact Analysis course, no specific prior knowledge is required, although:

  • familiarity with Business Continuity and BIAs general concepts is helpful.

Why should I attend this course? 

Many professionals choose to develop their expertise at the BIA level since it is one of the key activities in the BCM lifecycle and the BCI Good Practice Guidelines 2018. By completing this course, you really will distinguish yourself from your peers. Not only will you have a more comprehensive view of an organization's threats, risks and dependencies, but you will also be able to make more informed decisions when it comes to mitigation measurements. 


All students will receive an official certificate of attendance directly from the BCI after they successfully completed this course.

About the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) offers world-class, high-quality, award-winning education services, delivered in partnership with BCI Licensed Training Partners and Approved BCI Instructors located around the globe. Each of them is highly experienced and a respected Business Continuity and resilience professional, bringing a wealth of expertise to enhance your learning experience. All BCI courses have been designed to build on the management and technical practices as described in the BCI Good Practice Guidelines (GPG).

About the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR)

The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) is a non-profit and competency-based global leader in organizational resilience. It offers many programs, training and certifications to empower individuals with a quality education and credentialing programs to increase the resilience of the organizations they work for and within the communities they reside. Dedicated to make its participants resourceful leader, the ICOR courses are offered globally, through authorized and highly qualified training partners. The Model for Increasing Organizational Resilience is based on ISO 22316: Security and Resilience – Organizational Resilience Principles and Attributes.

About the Premier Continuum

A leader in Business Continuity, Premier Continuum helps worldwide organizations increase their organizational resilience through state-of-the-art of consulting and training services, supported by ParaSolution, its world-class BCM software. As a certified training partner of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) since 2008 and of ICOR since 2014, we have offered hundreds of classes in Canada, USA and Europe and trained more than 500 professionals. We share our an unparalleled knowledge of the standards and best practice in various industries, and take pride in sharing their practical field-experience and their complete vision of resilience with the PCI students.

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