Events like the Olympic Games are also opportunities to see BC planning in action, hopefully along the lines of business continuity plan best practice. For the 2012 Olympics in London, various government agencies are making a visible effort to get everyone up to speed with the information website http://www.getaheadofthegames.com. The message for businesses is clear: they “must plan for severe disruption during the Games”. The impact on business activity whether positive or negative will also be felt over a wide area, as the events are not confined to London, but spread out over several cities. (more…)
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Recent natural disasters have spurred warnings to forgo a reactive approach to governance.
In this Computerworld article, HopgoodGanim’s IT lawyers are reminded of the importance of prioritising ICT governance and business continuity to minimise risk to the business, in the wake of the recent natural disasters plaguing the nation and indeed the world.
The disasters in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia have put BCP into sharp focus.
In this article, Allan Davies provides advice he gleaned the hard way from working through numerous disasters, and suggests that CIO’s need to think in broader terms than just IT disaster recovery. He outlines nine valuable lessons that should be incorporated into everyones disaster recovery plan.
Persons new to recovery planning often find it difficult to differentiate between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. In its simplest form, Business Continuity differs from Disaster Recovery in that its focus is on people and the continuation of business processes and objectives rather than the availability of IT systems and infrastructure.
Business Continuity Planning deals with taking pro-active measures to ensure continuity of business as well as plans to manage the response and recovery from a business interruption. The Business Continuity Plan would include a plan for the Command Team who will co-ordinate and oversee the response as well as sub-plans for the business units.
The IT Disaster Recovery Plan supports the recovery effort by detailing the IT system recovery priorities and time constraints, plans and strategies for recovery as well as detailed restoration procedures. The priorities and time constraints need to be driven from the business continuity requirements identified in the business impact analysis.
Of vital importance is getting Business Continuity Plans and IT Disaster Recovery Plans to dovetail in and work together to support one another in a recovery effort.
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Many organisations have business continuity plans designed to cater for major catastrophes but often don’t consider some of the less dramatic but more common causes of business interruption such as extended power or IT failures. Consider whether your BCP has the flexibility to respond to the wide variety of incidents that may occur.