Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery
Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
Business continuity planning is
best described as the process and procedures that any organization
put in place to ensure that essential business functions continue to
operate during and after a disaster of any kind. By having a BCP,
organizations seek to prevent interruption of mission critical
services. This type of planning enables them to re-establish
services to a fully functional level as quickly and smoothly as
possible. BCPs should cover all key business segments of the
organization's critical business processes and operations.
Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
Part of the business continuity
process, the organization should normally develop a series of
procedures which reflect the level of business recovery plans.
These are more technical plans that are developed for specific
groups within an organization to allow them to recover a particular
business application. One of the most critical DRP's is the
Information Technology (IT) DRP. Other business areas requiring
specific DRPs include call centers, warehouses, distribution centers
and any other areas of specialized activities.
Core Technology with its intensive
experience in the development of BCP and DRP's is ready help their
clients in establishing their own Business Continuity Plan as well
as providing the on-going consultancy to ensure a successful testing
of such plans.
For customers who do not have the
infrastructure to set and operate their dedicated disaster recovery
centre, Core Technology has the solution. Through close
coordination with a number of data centers world-wide, arrangement
can be made to host the clients systems at one of our state-of-the
art fully managed data centre. We have arrangement for local,
regional and international data centre.
Typical BCP Life Cycle
On-Going Review of Existing BCP
organization already has an existing Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
for part or all of its business activities, this BCP needs to be
thoroughly reviewed. The purpose of this review is to determine
whether the existing BCP can effectively meet the organization's
current and projected business needs. Always, management need to
remember that the date when the existing plan was originally
prepared should be noted, together with the date when it was last
updated. As you business grows, or your systems and procedures
change, your BCP must be updated to reflect the last change.
The BCP should
have a recognizable structure including a detailed section on
incident and risk assessment covering all the organization's key
business activities. The BCP should cover and document strategy for
recovery of the organization's full range of business processes
including IT systems, communications, business information,
production, sales, accounts, customer service levels and public
relations etc., etc. There should be a section on dealing with the
Disaster Recovery Phase with instructions to the Disaster Recovery
Team. The BCP should document the required process for handover from
the Disaster Recovery Team to the Business Recovery Team in order to
commence the business recovery activities. This section should
contain detailed instructions during the business recovery process
for assessment and prioritization, recovery activities, notification
and reporting, and project organization.
However, for those
organization's who does not have a tested BCP in place, our
recommendation is to start implementing one before its too late.
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