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Why Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is Necessary

Business continuity and contingency planning are vital activities. However, the creation of a sound business continuity and contingency plan is a complex undertaking, involving a series of steps. Prior to creation of the plan itself, it is essential to consider the potential impacts of disaster and to understand the underlying risks. These are the foundations upon which a sound business continuity & disaster recovery plan should be built.

Following these activities the plan itself must be constructed. Then it must be maintained and tested to ensure that it remains appropriate to the needs of the organization. With the efficiencies and advantages that accrue out of a state of the art Information Infrastructure come risks, threats and vulnerabilities to disasters of various kinds, which the organization must contend with to maintain its leadership position.

Every day, businesses are confronted with disasters of varying degrees. Those that have adequately developed, maintained, and exercised their contingency plans will survive. Yet many organisations continue to take the uninhibited operations of their companies for granted. They assume that the power will always be available, the telephone system will not fail, there will be no fire or earthquake–everything will always be normal. However, if a business is to survive, organizational “strategic” and “tactical” battle planning is essential.

The final corporate contingency plan is the lifeblood of corporate survival. However, it is only as good as the foundation upon which it was built. The foundation is, of course, the concept.

What NSS Offers

A typical BCP/DR offering from NSS will contain two main things:

  • A Comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan for the client locations. This plan will help in identifying weaknesses and implement a disaster prevention program; minimize the duration of a serious disruption to business operations; facilitate effective co-ordination of recovery tasks; and reduce the complexity of the recovery effort.
  • Comprehensive Disaster Risk Assessment of the establishments at the client locations covering Physical, e-security, IT Systems security management and Business Impact Risk assessment.

The key benefits of the BCP & DR to the company would include:

  • Minimizing potential economic loss.
  • Decreasing potential exposures.
  • Reducing the probability of occurrence.
  • Reducing disruptions to operations.
  • Ensuring organizational stability.
  • Providing an orderly recovery.
  • Minimizing insurance premiums.
  • Reducing reliance on certain key individuals.
  • Protecting the assets of the organization.
  • Ensuring the safety of personnel and customers.
  • Minimizing decision-making during a disastrous event.
  • Minimizing legal liability.