Assured of Resilience


The Art of Continuous Function

 

In a world where deals are done at the speed of light and decisions must be dynamic. Can you really afford to wait out interruptions and hope that no-one will notice?

Business disruption is so easily attained and yet so difficult to overcome. IT Risks have been at the forefront of Disaster Recovery Plans DRP for some time, although few have really considered to what extent a Business Continuity Plan BCP must control the workings of the DRP. Business is king and anything else is there to serve the business and its customers.

Operational risk is a major consideration of any well constructed BCP but disconnects between BCP and DRP can easily lead to loss of resiliency. To really get to grips we have to ask ourselves:

What is resiliency? – In terms of the continuous function for those areas of the business that really count. To define what is resiliency; we go back to basics:

  • A Business Impact Analysis will help identify those areas of the business which are both significant and vulnerable. When a risk analysis is undertaken, this qualifies the probability and effect of potential disruption.
  • We must look at the business from strategic management perspective. Does that part of the business really matter? If it were to be out of action for an hour or a week, would it hurt the business? If the business area or team is vital and time critical, get on with planning for a continuous function of service.
  • Planning for failure may seem a bit negative, although proactively planning for continuous function makes more sense. Business continuity planning is both sensible business management and moreover, demonstrates resiliency to any prospective customer. Now we consider the options to find the best and most cost effective way to either protect the function from failure or return it to operation in minimal a time.
  • The Business Continuity Plan BCP records what you have decided, whereas Business Continuity Planning is about the design, decisions, involvement and training process.

Proving the capability of continuous function may appear somewhat daunting but is actually really easy.  Simply follow the previous steps carefully and with consideration of both business processes’ BCP and the technology solutions highlighted within the DRP can come together into a robust business continuity management system.

In summary, the art of continuous function is about knowing which business functions I should keep going and how do I do it without suffering intolerable pain. It’s just common sense business management? Have you started yet? How about your competitors?

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