The simple answer is “yes” and “yes”. While there are many advantages to keeping BCPs and other business critical information on line (allows for remote accessibility, the cloud adds redundancy should your primary site be unavailable), it is not advisable to be completely dependent on electronic resources for recovering time sensitive critical information. Hurricane Sandy taught me a very valuable lesson in this which I will never forget. Recent incidents where cyber-attacks and randsomware have shutdown online systems also reinforce this lesson.
Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a valuable tool for being prepared in the event of an unforeseen disaster which impacts your business. Most organizations will readily agree with this fact that a BCP is needed. However there is great disagreement within organizations when the question arises “how much planning is enough?”.
Here are the top reasons why Business Continuity Plans are not effective and how to avoid them.
There are important differences between what is covered in a Disaster Recovery plan versus a Business Continuity Plan. Make sure your organization fully understands this before it's too late.
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is critical for all businesses, regardless of size or budget. It is well worth the effort to enable you to be prepared in the event of an unforeseen event that interrupts your normal business operations. A BCP is smart logical planning ahead that should not cost so much that only organizations with large budgets can do this. It doesn’t need to look fancy or flashy, it just needs to work!
Erik Kopp has worked in regulated industries for over 25 years managing business critical operations, and ensuring compliance with governmental regulations. He has published a series of books and articles which provide information on how to accomplish value added tasks most effectively so that you can get the job done and make the most out of your valuable time.
To provide real value-added and very efficient solutions to important issues which minimize the pain and effort, and get right to the point to keep your business doing what it does best. No fluff or fancy stuff or double talk. Just common sense based on knowledge and experience of what works.