Business Continuity Plan

Refer back to your Business Impact Analysis (BIA) in Unit 1.

In that unit, several essential business functions were identified and prioritized.

The Business Continuity Plan is aptly named, as it details how a company will continue doing business in the event of a disaster.

Do not confuse this with an Incident Response Plan (IRP) which focuses on the restoration of systems, tries to maintain a focus on continuity of business operations.

Deliverables 1) Use the Internet to find a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) template and complete for your company. If unemployed, consider how homework could still be completed if your home computer breaks. Note: Because each business will have its own mission and set of essential business functions, there is no single BCP that fits every organization. This document should be tailored to redirect business functions when the systems supporting these functions fail.

2) Your Business Continuity Plan should include, at a minimum:

a) Responsible parties for each business function

b) Contact information c) Minimum resources needed to continue business functions such as:

1) Technological continuity (alternate site, data backups, etc.)

2) Administrative continuity (move of personnel, recovery teams, etc.)

d) Plans for testing and lessons learned (dry runs, table-top exercises, etc.) APA Requirements Cite sources using APA format, including in-text citations and references page. APA formatting of your BCP is not required.

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