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"Disasters take many forms. They're caused by gale force winds, sudden floods, releases of deadly chemicals, fire, ice, even upheavals of the earth itself. When disaster strikes, the best protection is knowing what to do."
FEMA   


An Effective Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

Creating and deploying an enterprise-wide plan that identifies the Processes and Infrastructure required to provide an acceptable level of service if a key business process fails due to the sudden loss or degradation of a system(s), or, to the failure of any externally-sourced system, product or service.

Organize the Planning Process
  • Problem Definition - Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity
  • Business Continuity Objective(s) and Requirements
  • Business Continuity Definitions, Terms and Assumptions; Scope and Cost of Project
  • Business Continuity Steering Committee
  • Business Continuity Policies
Minimum Service Levels Defined
  • Risk Analysis (RA) and Controls; Completed
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Developed; and
  • Time-Sensitive Business Functions Identified (Acceptable Level of Service Defined)
  • Data Loss Limitations Identified (Recovery Window Determined)
Recovery Strategies
  • Alternative Business Continuity Strategy(s)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Selected Strategy(s)
  • Business Continuity Program Budget
Data Collection & Documentation
  • Plan Scope and Objectives
  • Business Recovery Organization (BRO) and Responsibilities (Recovery Team Concept)
  • Major Plan Components - format and structure
  • Scenario to Execute Plan
  • Escalation, Notification and Plan Activation
  • Vital Records and Off-Site Storage Program
  • Personnel Control Program
  • Data Loss Limitations addressed
  • Plan Administration (general)
Customize & Finalize the Plan
  • Emergency Response Procedures (evacuation)
  • Command, Control and Emergency Operations Centre (Crisis Management)
  • Delegation / Designation of Authority
  • Emergency Response Linkage to Business Recovery
  • Detailed Resumption, Recovery and Restoration Procedures
  • Vendor Contracts and Purchase of Recovery Resources
Test & Maintain the Plan
  • Exercise Program and Objectives
  • Exercise Plans, Scenarios and Actual Exercises Plan (The Exercise) Evaluation
  • Training, Corporate Awareness Program(s) and Vehicles for Dissemination

With good Plans in place, frequently tested, and well audited, there is every likelihood that this company will cope with adverse events, continue in business, satisfying its customers, meeting its commitments, paying its bills, and making a return on investment.


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