It must also contain all the procedures and instructions to the end users how the countermeasures are used. If the main service is down, the limited service is often enough. Not all services require full continuity countermeasures.
The Operational & Financial Impacts worksheet can be used to capture this information as discussed in Business Impact Analysis.
The worksheet should be completed by business function and process managers with sufficient knowledge of the business.
The risks are mitigated with proper use of technology.
Unfortunately even if the continuity is considered while building the infrastructure, quite often the documentation is overlooked.
Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition.
A business continuity plan to continue business is essential.The Business Continuity Resource Requirements worksheet should be completed by business function and process managers.Completed worksheets are used to determine the resource requirements for recovery strategies.Duplicated power supplies, hot swap disks and RAIDs, resilient network connectivity, elimination of the single point of failure etc.are normal and common practices, when building the company infrastructure.Once all worksheets are completed, the worksheets can be tabulated to summarize: Those functions or processes with the highest potential operational and financial impacts become priorities for restoration.The point in time when a function or process must be recovered, before unacceptable consequences could occur, is often referred to as the “Recovery Time Objective.”Recovery of a critical or time-sensitive process requires resources.Therefore the process descriptions must also cover continuity especially in cases, where process is dependent on service delivery.The evaluation can be done through While it is vital to involve the business and find the proper correspondent to support the process, the planning can also be started on the low level by making sure the existing documentation supports the business continuity and that continuity elements are considered for all services.By following a testedand trained procedure the company is able to maintain the ability to continuebusiness even if the office building is unavailable.” Unfortunately quite often business continuity planning is getting the attention it needs after a failure in incident management and recovery. The countermeasures must be evaluated against risks and measured against benefits and costs.The Business Continuity plan is a set of documentation that states what the countermeasures are in different scenarios and how they are deployed.