A business continuity plan BCP is a plan to help ensure that business processes can continue during a time of emergency or disaster. Such emergencies or disasters might include a fire or any other case where business is not able to occur under normal conditions. Businesses need to look at all such potential threats and devise BCPs to ensure continued operations should the threat become a reality.
The implementation phase involves policy changes, material acquisitions, staffing and testing.
Testing and organizational acceptance[ edit ] The purpose of testing is to achieve organizational acceptance that the solution satisfies the recovery requirements. Plans may fail to meet expectations due to insufficient or inaccurate recovery requirements, solution design flaws or solution implementation errors.
Crisis command team call-out testing Technical swing test from primary to secondary work locations Technical swing test from secondary to primary work locations Application test Business process test At minimum, testing is conducted on a biannual schedule.
The book Exercising for Excellence, published by The British Standards Institution identified three types of exercises that can be employed when testing business continuity plans.
Tabletop exercises[ edit ] Tabletop exercises typically involve a small number of people and concentrates on a specific aspect of a BCP. They can easily accommodate complete teams from a specific area of a business. Another form involves a single representative from each of several teams.
Typically, participants work through simple scenario and then discuss specific aspects of the plan. For example, a fire is discovered out of working hours. The exercise consumes only a few hours and is often split into two or three sessions, each concentrating on a different theme. Medium exercises[ edit ] A medium exercise is conducted within a "Virtual World" and brings together several departments, teams or disciplines.
It typically concentrates on multiple BCP aspects, prompting interaction between teams. The scope of a medium exercise can range from a few teams from one organisation co-located in one building to multiple teams operating across dispersed locations.
The environment needs to be as realistic as practicable and team sizes should reflect a realistic situation. Realism may extend to simulated news broadcasts and websites.
A medium exercise typically lasts a few hours, though they can extend over several days.
They typically involve a "Scenario Cell" that adds pre-scripted "surprises" throughout the exercise. Complex exercises[ edit ] A complex exercise aims to have as few boundaries as possible.
It incorporates all the aspects of a medium exercise. The exercise remains within a virtual world, but maximum realism is essential. This might include no-notice activation, actual evacuation and actual invocation of a disaster recovery site.
While start and stop times are pre-agreed, the actual duration might be unknown if events are allowed to run their course. Maintenance[ edit ] Biannual or annual maintenance cycle maintenance of a BCP manual is broken down into three periodic activities.
Confirmation of information in the manual, roll out to staff for awareness and specific training for critical individuals.A business continuity plan to continue business is essential.
Development of a business continuity plan includes four steps: Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and .
Business Continuity Training - Introduction. An overview of the concepts detailed within this training. Also, included is a humorous, short video that introduces viewers to the concept of business continuity planning and highlights the benefits of having a plan.
Business continuity is having a plan to deal with major disruption, like cyber attacks, floods, and supply failures. Business continuity planning is the creation of a strategy to ensure that personnel and assets are protected and able to function in the event of a disaster.
Oct 11, · How to Create a Business Continuity Plan. BCPs provide procedures for how employers and employees will stay in touch and keep doing their jobs in the event of a disaster or emergency, such as a fire at the office. Unfortunately, many 93%(). Business Continuity Planning is a proactive planning process that ensures critical services or products are delivered during a disruption.
A Business Continuity Plan includes: Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products, which permits the organization to recover its facility, data and assets.