Business Continuity International
How well your
organization is prepared to survive a business - service disruption with minimum
interruption to its daily routine will depend on the provisions made for, Resuming, Recovery and
The description often
used for business continuity planning is:
"the process that defines the procedures employed to ensure timely
and orderly resumption of an organization's business cycle through its ability
to execute plans with minimal or no interruption to time-sensitive business or
Business Continuity Plan is the following:
"A document containing the recovery timeline methodology,
test validated documentation, procedures, and action instructions developed
specifically for use in restoring organization operations in the event of a
declared disaster. To be effective, the Business Continuity Plans also require
testing, skilled personnel, access to vital records, and alternate recovery
resources including facilities".
written, a BCP is a collection of procedures and information which has been developed, compiled and maintained in readiness for use in the event of an
emergency or disaster. This would include the elements of a disaster recovery
of business means the business continues without interruption, and that sufficient
contingencies have been put in place to allow the organisation to
Business Continuity is something
every organisation, large or small, should aspire to, amounting to the
preservation of the interests of a wide variety of stakeholders. These
include directors, shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and more often
than not, the public whose interest (via the media) can help determine whether
or not a business survives on reputation alone. A business continuity plan
must preserve intangible as well as tangible values.
Industry observers call such a plan
"indispensable to organizations and their stakeholders"
- Provides for an safe
and orderly recovery
- Prevents confusion
and reduces the chance of human error due to stress reactions
- Allows your organization to avoid certain
risks or mitigate the impact of other unavoidable disasters
- Prevent disruption of
critical business functions
- Minimizes potential economic loss and legal
- Reduces reliance on certain key individuals
- Provides training materials for new employees
- Lowers insurance premiums
- Satisfies Regulatory
- Protects your organization's assets and
In one survey of
corporate executives, 81 percent of those responding acknowledged that
their existing crisis management plans were inadequate to handle the myriad
issues arising from September 11.
In addition, 63
percent of the executives reported that they have readdressed their plans since
Experts say that while
it's encouraging to learn that ceo's are paying closer attention to disaster
preparedness, it is alarming to realize how many businesses have no plans in
place at all. Many companies are as unprepared for problems that can be
anticipated, such as rising floodwaters, buildings damaged by earthquakes or
stockrooms ravaged by fire, as they are for unforeseeable business interruptions
like a terrorist attack. Although no one could have adequately prepared for
9/11, the experts warn, companies that do not take steps to ensure business
continuity are just asking for trouble.
Have you ever tested all applications and
are your business personnel willing to guarantee that all applications can be
Are your business personnel ready to wait
24 or 48 hours for their systems to return and do they know what to do while
Does management really understand the
extent of your recoverability and exactly what won’t be recovered?
Are conventional recovery timeframes of
24 or 48 hours simply too long to meet your current business availability
Are your contingency planning initiatives
meant to really protect the business or simply to satisfy audit or management
Are all of your backup files synchronized
between all applications, all platforms and all locations?
Can you really restore all backup data in
the time allowed by your recovery time objective?
Have your recovery architectures
significantly improved over the past few years or are you retesting the same old
Does your planned recovery time include
the time it will take for management to really "pull the trigger" and
declare a disaster?
Can you really afford to lose the data
from the last back-up... do you have plans to reconstruct it or will it be lost
forever... have your business personnel ever actually reconstructed it?
Do you feel that you are
paying more than you should for your recovery capabilities?
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