BCPs shouldn’t be confused with DRPs (disaster recovery plans), even though they both tackle the immediate aftermath of a disruption.
Business continuity focuses primarily on ensuring that you maintain functionality – even if at reduced capacity – in the event of an incident while attending to the disruption.
Organisations’ networks and the applications used will contain dozens of vulnerabilities that crooks are always looking to exploit.
The most obvious reason to implement a BCP is to ensure that your organisation remains productive in the event of a disruption.
If a major road or rail network is shut down, you might be unable to receive deliveries, and employees and customers might not be able to reach you.
Other man-made disasters include oil spills, terrorist acts, industrial accidents and acts of war.The latter is usually just used in an IT context, as only semi-functioning technology often isn’t good for operations, but achieving full recovery may take some time.Business continuity recognises that time is of the essence, and often involves temporary fixes that ensure vital operations continue.Recovery is also time-sensitive; temporary solutions don’t tend to offer the same level of productivity, so you don’t want to rely on them for long.Whether taking a disaster recovery or business continuity approach, your objective should be to create a plan that buys you enough time to recover within an acceptable timeframe as defined by your RTO (recovery time objective).Electrical fires and burst pipes can cause huge problems for organisations and are liable to occur at any time.A fire or flood could damage expensive equipment or require a room to be vacated.Customers must still be able to use your services, employees must be able to continue doing their job and you can’t allow yourself to face a huge backlog of work as the delay continues.But business continuity isn’t only about short-term goals.An organisation’s staff is often its biggest security weakness.Employees will lose or accidentally expose data from time to time, and although staff awareness training will reduce the risk, it won’t eradicate the threat.