Originally published on January 27, 2014
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) consists of a set of documents, instructions and procedures, which enable a business to respond to accidents, disasters, emergencies, and/or threats with little-to-no downtime, in an effort to avoid loss of business.
A BCP differs from a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), due to its specific goal of retaining business, rather than allowing a disaster to stop business operations until your environment has been completely restored. A DRP is the plan needed to completely restore your environment.
If a hurricane strikes tomorrow, flooding your building, causing power outages and severe equipment damage, how do you plan to continue business as usual? Most organizations talk about what they would do in case of a disaster and some even have written instructions, but the majority of companies do not have an adequate policy and procedures checklist for business continuity. This is risky because the show must go on! If you have no plan for the meantime, you could lose business and potentially go out of business altogether. Scary! There are a wide variety of incidents that could occur unexpectedly, such as:
With Centre Technologies on your team, we can create a Business Continuity Plan and a Disaster Recovery Plan that complement each other to prepare your business for unforeseeable problems. Have more questions? Want to discuss a BCP for your organization? Feel free to send us an e-mail now!
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