With the COVID-19 global pandemic now in full effect, the execution of Business Continuity Plans (BCP) have taken the forefront in the past few months. Organizations are having to rely heavily on the effectiveness of their BCPs. For companies, business continuity plans are like the insurance you hope to never claim, yet it’s importance can never be overstated. The truth is, even with the best run drills and rehearsals, nothing can really prepare us for the real thing. The chaos and panic induced by the need to activate BCPs can sometimes distract us from initiating an effective plan.
There are some essential elements that must be completed to ensure reasonable assurance of your BCP effectiveness, these include the following:
There are other factors contributing to the overall effectiveness of a Business Continuity Plan and as such a BCP must:
The aforementioned factors being covered within your business continuity plan are no indication of how effective execution will be, however it does provide a solid basis for BCP development.
With all the focus on cybersecurity, it is ironic that an influenza virus is the threat that is causing such adverse impact on people and businesses worldwide. I mean, how do you firewall the flu? For now, the world will travel to work digitally via video/audio conferencing or Virtual Private Network (VPN). As a result, the demand and dependence on IT infrastructure across the globe has increased significantly over the past few weeks.
Meanwhile, the benefits of cloud computing are even more evident considering recent events. With two of its main features being availability and scalability, businesses can now place critical processes in cloud environments, while improving BCP effectiveness. Whichever BCP strategy is adopted by your organization, it is pertinent to ensure that the strategy being employed is best suited for the business and it's operating environment.
Topics: business continuity
Claston Brown is a CISA, CRISC Certified Information Systems Auditor/Consultant with over 7 years experience in IT Audit, Information Security and Data Analysis. His experience covers a wide range of industries including Banking & Finance, Insurance, Telecommunication and Manufacturing. It is with the wealth of knowledge he provides a holistic and unique perspective of the Information Systems Audit and Security landscape.
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