No matter how well your business is doing, disasters can happen that could jeopardise its progression. The question is, how do you protect your business’ continuity? The answer, a carefully developed business continuity plan.
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is the creation and development of a strategy through the recognition of threats and risks facing a company, with an eye to ensure that personnel and assets are protected and able to function in the event of a disaster. A business continuity plan (BCP) involves defining potential risks, determining how those risks will affect operations, implementing safeguards and procedures designed to mitigate those risks, testing those procedures to ensure that they work, and periodically reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date.
Here are a few simple steps that contribute towards a Business Continuity Plan:
The first and arguably most important step in BCP is to identify the elements that are critical to your business. This will ensure that you are focusing on what is important to continuing business operations.
Not sure how to identify critical elements? Ask yourself…
Once you have identified the areas of your business that are most critical to operational continuity, you need to measure the risk posed to each of these key business elements in different threatening scenarios.
Now that you have successfully considered the most important areas to your business and completed a risk assessment, you need to consider how you will cope with these situations by deciding on your immediate and your long-term responses.
Once you have completed all of the tasks above, you need to put together your plan and then continually practise, practise practise so that you are entirely prepared in the event of a disaster happening.
If everything you have read above seems a bit overwhelming to you, we can work with you to identify processes that are critical to your business so that you can run your business as usual. We offer a full range of Business Continuity Planning & Consultancy Services, aligned to ISO 22301 and the Business Continuity Institutes (BCI) Good Practice Guide.
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