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Business Continuity Planning Practices

posted 29 Dec 2009, 23:51 by Kanav Gupta   [ updated 30 Dec 2009, 00:50 ]

Quick Overview

  • Critical Need for Business Continuity Planning, Terminology, and Types of Plans
  • Primary Steps for Developing a Comprehensive and Strategic Plan
  • Key Components of a Business Continuity Plan
  • How to Conduct Business Impact Analyses (BIA)
  • Exercising and Testing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans
  • How to Avoid Common Mistakes
  • Sample Checklist to Assess Existing Plans


Vital to any critical industry is good business continuity planning where the impacts of delays can be more readily quantified. The need for effective business continuity planning is well-understood by business/security leaders. However, a rise in business interruptions due to natural disasters and other activities has brought the need for business continuity plan development and maintenance to the fore-front.

During the course, an understanding of some of the key requirements for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are established. Topics such as the overall planning framework, Business Impact Analysis (BIA), operational recovery requirements, recovery strategies, plan development, testing and feedback mechanism and delivering awareness and training throughout an organization are addressed. Other topics that were not of any significant concern until very recently, such as terrorist activities and surviving a pandemic flu also need addressed.

Service disruptions, delays in responding to customer requests, inability to process transaction in a timely manner or being able to resume business in face of a disaster can have significant impact on an organization's well-being. Recent natural disasters as well as terrorist activities have shown that an organization's resilience to a disaster and being able to resume business was directly related to its preparedness to respond to un-foreseen events.

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