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If your organization doesn’t have a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) , start by assessing your business processes, determining which areas are vulnerable, and the potential losses if those processes go down for a day, a few days or a week. This is essentially a Business Impact Analysis(BIA).

A BCP typically includes five sections:

  1. BCP Governance
  2. Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  3. Plans, measures, and arrangements for business continuity
  4. Readiness procedures
  5. Quality assurance techniques (exercises, maintenance and auditing)

Establish control

A BCP contains a governance structure often in the form of a committee that will ensure senior management commitments and define senior management roles and responsibilities.

The BCP senior management committee is responsible for the oversight, initiation, planning, approval, testing and audit of the BCP. It also implements the BCP, coordinates activities, approves the BIA survey, oversees the creation of continuity plans and reviews the results of quality assurance activities.

Senior managers or a BCP Committee would normally:

  • approve the governance structure;
  • clarify their roles, and those of participants in the program;
  • oversee the creation of a list of appropriate committees, working groups and teams to develop and execute the plan;
  • provide strategic direction and communicate essential messages;
  • approve the results of the BIA;
  • review the critical services and products that have been identified;
  • approve the continuity plans and arrangement;
  • monitor quality assurance activities; and
  • resolve conflicting interests and priorities.

Originally posted 2015-08-18 21:17:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


Reid Renicker is a experienced Business Continuity Manager with proven track record of developing and managing comprehensive business continuity programs. Reid Assists business units with the design, Plan development, and documentation of work area (business function) business continuity plans and procedures and provides regular business continuity status updates for business units to management. Plan and coordinate integrated recovery tests and disaster recovery exercises for critical processes. Reid Renicker documents the results of all tests and exercises and identify any recommended enhancements and opportunities for resiliency. Assist enterprise-wide business units in determining critical business processes, identifying acceptable recovery time periods, recovery strategies, and establishing resources required for successful resumption of business operations in the event of a disaster. Reid Renicker Assesses the business continuity implications of proposed technological or organizational changes and coordinate any revisions to existing business continuity plans. CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) Member of The Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (C/DRE) Information Technology Information Library (ITILv3)

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