Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning is an area that is especially important for companies today. Disasters, both natural and intentional, are unpredictable and Business Continuity Planning helps safeguard your company by addressing availability, reliability, and recoverability of all critical business processes.

Potential Benefits

  • Reduce financial and operational exposure to prolonged business outages
  • Improve internal and external communication processes
  • Implement clear, tested, and reliable procedures for significant disaster events
  • Identify business areas where cross-training or standard operating procedures may be necessary
  • Legislation and compliance adherence (primarily in the banking, financial, legal, and medical industries)
  • Clear understanding of the most critical business processes
  • Positive impact on insurance and risk management
  • Increase competitive advantage:
    • Preparing for a disaster before it occurs helps minimize business impact when it occurs
    • Serve customers when your competitors cannot due to sudden disasters or unforeseen circumstances

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery planning focuses on the efforts needed in order to resume the technology that supports critical business processes identified in the Business Continuity Plan. An effective Plan should include backup schedules for all critical systems and data; clear and complete instructions on how to restore systems; offsite storage of backups and restoration instructions; arrangements for an alternative data center location; and a comprehensive testing plan.

Potential Benefits

  • Identify potential gaps in the critical business requirements and IT’s ability to restore supporting technology in the time required by the business owners
  • Implement or strengthen recovery plans in order to meeting business owner expectations
  • Faster data recovery times during routine or unexpected system outages
  • Clear data backup schedules for critical data
  • Reasonable assurance of data recoverability based on the results of periodic testing