A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a coordinated tested plan to help ensure that business processes continues during a time of emergency or disaster. Such emergencies or disasters might include a building disaster or any other case where business is not able to occur under normal conditions such a security penetration breach (hacker). Businesses need to look at all such potential threats and resort to their BCP’s to ensure continued operations should the threat become a reality.

A business continuity plan involves the following:

  • Analysis of organizational security.
  • A list of the fundamental tasks required to keep the organization operational.
  • Management contact information readily available.
  • Detailed description of where personnel should go if there is a disastrous event
  • Information on data backups processes and procedures.
  • Collaborative effort among all managers of the organization
  • Consensus agreement from everyone in the organization

Techopedia explains Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

When developing a BCP all threats that could cease regular business should be determined. The next step is to determine the most significant tasks required to continue operations. Who are the necessary people and what are the tools and information needed to continue operation?

There should be a list of people in management and their contact information included in the BCP. These people should have each other’s contact information at home. If it is impossible to get to the office, they should be able to contact each other and make plans for resuming operations, at both home offices and offsite locations. This includes use of data backup and disaster recovery plans.

Many people need to be involved in creating a BCP. The responsibility for creating a BCP should not fall on any one person alone.