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Business Continuity Plan

A business continuity plan describes the approach to recover essential business operations following a disaster or major incident at Company.

The definition of a disaster is:
Any sudden, unplanned event that seriously threatens the business viability or reputation of Company
The primary intention of a Business Continuity Plan is to deal with major operating disruptions, affecting the impacted site, which would seriously impact the companies ability to conduct normal business operations for a significant period of time. These operating disruptions include, but are not limited to:

  • Major fire;
  • Flood;
  • Explosion;
  • Building structure failure; and
  • Other unforeseen catastrophic events
Other operating disruptions such as minor fire, water leak, hardware failure, etc. (which would be addressed via normal problem management procedures) should not be within the scope of the plan, although portions of the plan may be utilised to respond to such incidents.

The intended use of a business continuity plan is as an action plan to facilitate the recovery of the affected business functions in the event of a disaster or major incident.

The Business Continuity Plans we develop are normally comprised of three sections:

Section 1 contains information about the plan, its scope and objectives and the underlying recovery strategies.

Section 2 contains recovery plans for each team involved in the recovery process, including contact information, recovery location, infrastructure requirements and detailed task lists.

Section 3 contain supplementary documentation (e.g. checklists, forms, contact lists, etc) to be used in conjunction with the instructions in Section 2.