Business Continuity Plan Creation
As business continuity consultants, it’s our duty to explain exactly what your business can gain, or avoid losing, from having a business continuity plan in place. When disaster strikes, having a tried and tested business continuity plan in place can make all the difference. Discenza Business Continuity Solutions offers comprehensive business continuity plan creation and consulting services to ensure that your business can recover faster from a disaster than those who don’t have a plan. Working closely with your team, using the results of several analysis systems, we will create a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) designed to address the different loss types for which your company is at risk to restore the critical functions of the business, getting you back to “business as usual” as quickly as possible
What is a business continuity plan?
A BCP is a comprehensive document that contains critical information that an organization needs to continue operating during an unplanned disastrous event. A BCP can help maintain business functions, or quickly get them back on track, in the event a major disruption occurs whether through a natural disaster or manmade event, such as a cyberattack. This plan outlines policies and procedures to follow as well as instructions and position assignments that employees should adhere to in a disaster situation. It typically covers business processes, assets, HR, partners, and more.
What’s the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity?
Many people confuse disaster recovery and business continuity. A disaster recovery plan focuses mainly on restoring IT infrastructure after a catastrophic event. A disaster recovery plan is, in fact, part of an overall business continuity plan and a crucial one at that. A BCP looks at the complete continuity of all business processes, including disaster recovery for IT and corresponding systems. When thinking about business continuity vs. disaster recovery, understand that a disaster recovery plan is an important part of your business continuity plan.
Why do you need a business continuity plan?
All businesses need to have strategies for business continuity planning. Having a plan that allows your business to continue operating relatively normally after a disaster is critical in retaining customers. In addition, facing an adverse event with apparent ease can also attract new customers.
What goes into a business continuity plan?
A good business continuity plan covers all aspects of your organization and outlines action steps accordingly. Think through your business’s process and include the following in your BCP:
- Important contact information
- Purpose and scope
- Critical functions
- Critical Suppliers
- How to use the plan, including when it should be initiated
- Insurance information
- Emergency response and roles
- Step-by-step procedures
- A schedule for reviewing, testing, and updating the plan as needed
Working with a company that provides business continuity consulting services, like Discenza Business Continuity Solutions, can help you identify what should be included in your specific business’s plan.
Is your business too small for a continuity plan?
No business is too small to be prepared! A plan for a small business is just as important as a plan for a large corporation. Even if you’re a small team, never assume that your staff will know what to do in the event of an emergency without a plan. Whether your business employs 10 or 10,000, having a business continuity plan puts everyone on the same page and forms a cohesive direction that people can easily follow. This means your business can get back to normal as quickly as possible.