Business Continuity Planning
Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program
Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program ensures that your organization implements a robust resiliency framework that will identify operational risks and minimize disruption impacts.
An effective BCM Program will support your organization’s mission and provide business continuity strategies to respond to operational disruptions with minimal losses.
Risk Assessment & Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
The Risk Assessment identifies natural, technology or human-made risks that can have adverse impacts on IT systems, facilities and overall operations. A Risk Assessment will identify risk avoidance and mitigation strategies and recommendations for improvement.
The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) will identify mission-critical functions, processes or services in your organization and identify the resources (internal and external) required to recover your operations. A BIA will identify Recovery Time and Point Objectives (RTO/RPO), disruption related operational impacts, reduce potential financial losses and enhance the business operations of your organization.
Continuity Recovery Strategy and Planning
A Recovery Strategy leverages Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis (BIA) findings and defines effective recovery strategies that will meet your organizational Business Continuity requirements. A business continuity recovery strategy will ensure that your Information Technology and other vital assets are available to restore your operations after a disruption.
Business Continuity Plan (BCP) outlines your organization’s stakeholder roles and responsibilities, crisis response strategies and detailed recovery action plans. A BCP will contain all critical information that will enable you to evaluate, assess and respond to situations that could potentially disrupt your organization’s business operations.
Business Continuity Assessments & Audits
The current state assessment identifies an organization’s BCM Program capability and maturity, and alignment with industry-leading standards, best practices and compliance requirements.
A comprehensive assessment will identify any potential gaps between your organization’s Business Continuity plans, requirements and currently implemented response strategies. A detailed assessment report will present findings, outline recommendations and develop a roadmap for future BCM Program improvements.
BCM Program Maintenance, Testing & Training
A BCM Program maintenance regime ensures that all program relevant documentation is updated and still aligns with overall Business Continuity requirements. It will capture any stakeholders coming-in or leaving the organization, addition or removal of business functions and processes, or third-party vendors’ changes that could potentially jeopardize the effectiveness of your plans.
As a relevant adage says, “An Untested Plan is Only a Strategy,” all program plans, including Business Continuity Plans and IT Disaster Recovery Plan, will require regular testing and exercising to validate their effectiveness and completeness.
Regardless of the testing delivery approach, tabletop exercise or a full-functional exercise, the development of realistic scenarios will identify gaps within your response plans and train key people on how to react in disruptive business events.