Organizations are subject to a wide variety of risks when operating in geographically diverse locations, domestic and international, including but not limited to severe weather, power outages, workplace violence, civil unrest, crime, terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters.
Business continuity strategy design and plan development
An effective and well-designed continuity strategy is not just a set of tasks that are enacted when something unexpected happens. But it is an approach that considers what must be in place in order to continue critical business operations, regardless of the type or cause of the disruption. Our approach to developing a business continuity strategy starts with identifying and understanding the resources that are needed in order to keep the business running. Next we overlay local, regional and global threats to your company varying degrees and scope to refine the true resource requirements. And lastly, we consider the impacts to your staff, work locations, technology, 3rd party vendors and suppliers as we help you design an appropriate continuity strategy.
Business continuity & Disaster plan strategy testing and training
You have to rigorously test a plan to know if it’s complete and will fulfill its intended purpose. Many organizations test a business continuity plan two to four times a year. The frequency of testing depends on many factors including but not limited to your industry, the size of your company, the amount of turnover with key personnel, and the number of changes to business processes and IT (i.e. systems/applications) that have occurred since the last test. Industry standard tests include table-top exercises, structured walk-throughs and simulations. Test teams are comprised of a designated recovery coordinator and members from each functional unit participating in the test. Business Continuity testing and exercises are designed to maintain the readiness of recovery teams, reinforce learning and validate recovery timing and capabilities. Our approach to testing considers your timing, budget and overall objectives with testing. Also, we structure testing based upon impacts to your essential resources; such as employees, facilities, technology and critical 3rd party vendors/suppliers. Our testing approach and methodology aligns with ISO 22301, DRII and BCI Professional Practices.