Business Continuity Plan

Plan ahead for your peace of mind.

A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that outlines how a business will continue operating during an unplanned disruption in service.

It’s more comprehensive than a disaster recovery plan and contains contingencies for business processes, assets, human resources, and business partners – every aspect of the business that might be affected.

Business Continuity Plans typically contain a checklist that includes supplies and equipment, data backups, and backup site locations. Plans can also identify plan administrators and include contact information for emergency responders, key personnel, and backup site providers. Plans may provide detailed strategies on how business operations can be maintained for both short-term and long-term outages.

While complete disasters do happen (tornado, fire, etc), the most common disruptions are not disaster-related at all. For example:

Jenny is the glue at ABC Company. Her work generates the work of 11 other people within the company. If Jenny’s workstation crashes, how long can your business wait before it becomes impactful? Do you have a plan in place to insure Jenny’s workstation is backed up? Do you know how long it will take to restore the data? What workarounds have you created and outlined in your BCP plan, so operations can continue until Jenny’s computer system can be restored?


3 Primary Aspects of a BCP:

High availability:

Provide for the capability and processes so that a business has access to applications regardless of local failures. These failures might be in the business processes, in the physical facilities or in the IT hardware or software.

Continuous operations:

Safeguard the ability to keep things running during a disruption, as well as during planned outages such as scheduled backups or planned maintenance.

Disaster recovery:

Establish a way to recover a data center at a different site if a disaster destroys the primary site or otherwise renders it inoperable.

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