How long would your business survive an interruption? What if operations were destroyed by fire or flood, negative media drives away customers or the company database is stolen or infected by a virus? How well are you prepared to deal with disaster?
With contributions from leading practitioners in the industry, The Business Continuity Risk Analysis and Testing Kit has established itself as an invaluable resource for anyone involved in, or looking to gain a detailed appreciation of, the rapidly emerging area of business continuity and disaster recovery within the corporate environment.
Few businesses can afford to shut down for an extended period of time, regardless of the cause. If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that disaster can strike in any shape, at any time. Be prepared with the time-tested strategies in the Business Continuity Risk Analysis and Testing Kit and protect your employees while ensuring your company survives the unimaginable.
Great kit and handbook. Extremely helpful for developing a DR plan. Review by Aaron UmmerI found the toolkit extremely valuable in getting a disaster recovery plan developed. The kit was very helpful in not only showing step-by-step HOW to put together our plan, but also did a great job in explaining WHY something should be in the plan. It also focused on the entire business, not just on technology.Pleasant Overview of Business Continuity Management Review by Jan BernardReading the material presented is a breeze. This is a solid kit that covers the topics quite well.Practical BCM at last! Review by Andrew HenzeThis is a thoroughly welcome addition to the business continuity material on the market. It brings a clear, rational approach to a very complicated topic. Unsurprisingly, the kit is written in a style that is easy to read and with very little jargon.The kit outlines some important lessons:– The Importance of business continuity management– Business continuity plans should be based on outcome scenarios and not causes– The need for an organized development/implementation– BCM is never complete – amendments and testing will always be requiredI would wholeheartedly recommend this kit to anyone involved in BCM or anyone thinking about creating a more secure business.
Learn how to cover all the components of Business Continuity Management:
• Crisis management planning
• Business continuity planning
• Disaster recovery planning
• How the auditor can add value to business continuity
• How to undertake a business continuity risk analysis
• How to use a business impact analysis questionnaire as part of the risk analysis
• The steps to be taken in planning and conducting business continuity plan testing
• How to apply the outcome of the business continuity risk analysis for testing
• Reporting the outcome of the risk analysis and testing that gains acceptance by all stakeholders
Many organizations are looking to implement Business Continuity Management (BCM) as a way to improve the structure and quality of the business.
The Toolkit is designed to answer a lot of the questions that Business Continuity Management process raises and provides you with useful guides, templates and essential, but simple assessments.
The supporting documents and assessments will help you identify the areas within your organization that require the most activity in terms of change and improvement.
The additional information and bonus resources (e.g. Case Studies and examples) will enable you to improve your organizations methodology knowledge base.
The toolkit serves to act as a starting point. It will give you a clear path to travel. It is designed to be a valuable source of information and activities.
There are a total of 25 documents in this toolkit.
The Business Continuity Management Toolkit:
• Flows logically,
• Is scalable,
• Provides presentations, templates and documents,
• Saves you time.
Business continuity management is an integral part of the risk management framework within an organization. All organizations face a variety of risks. These may be sourced externally, and therefore largely out of the immediate control of the organization, or internally. Internal risks arise both at the strategic (organization-wide) level and at the operational (business process) level.
This toolkit has been prepared primarily for the people involved in a business continuity project, from individual team members through to the Chief Executive and Board. Each participant plays an important role and has an array of responsibilities in ensuring the success of the project and continuing validity of the plan.
Successful business continuity management relies on the expertise from within the organization; it is the people that understand the organization, its business, processes and business risks.
The supporting resources found within this toolkit consist of templates, example plans, strategies and recovery options that can be used in your own organization or as a template in creating your own bespoke documentation.
Below is an itemized list of the supporting documents and resources for easy reference. You can use these documents and resources within your own organization or as a template to help you in prepare your own bespoke documentation.
• BCM Objectives and Goals
• BCM Policies, Objectives and Scope
• BCM Business Justification Document
• BCM Example Business Impact Analysis
• BCM Business Impact Analysis Info sheet
• BCM Risk Assessment Template
• BCM Environmental Architectures and Standards
• BCM Reciprocal Arrangements
• BCM Salvage Plan Template
• BCM Business Continuity Strategy
• BCM MOR Framework
• BCM Risk Assessment Questionnaire
• BCM Typical Contents of a Recovery Plan
• BCM Communication Plan
• BCM Email Template
• BCM Emergency Response Plan
• BCM Reports and KPI targets and additional metrics
• BCM Vital Records Template
• Business and IT Flyers
• Business Continuity Management Review Document
• Business Continuity Management Implementation & Project Plan
• Example Case Study – Emergency Management Australia – Economic and Financial Aspects of Disaster Recovery
• Example Case Study California Office – Disaster recovery plan doc for agencies instructions
• Example Case Study_Govt Western Australia – State Recovery Coordination
• Example Case Study_ Govt of South Australia – Records Management Disaster Planning Toolkit
You can choose to work through the Business Continuity Management Review Document and the Business Continuity Management Implementation & Project Plan with the focus on your specific organization. This will help you ascertain the Business Continuity Management maturity for your organization. You will able to identify gaps and areas of attention and/or improvement.
The supporting documents and bonus resources found within the toolkit will help you fill these gaps by giving you a focused, practical and user-friendly approach to Business Continuity Management.