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BCP (Business Continuity Planning) ‘business continuity planning’ is the term used to describe the business process that must remain operational during and after an incident.
DRP (Disaster Recovery Planning) ‘disaster recovery plan’ is a term used to describe the plans a company will use to respond to a natural disaster or other critical event.
The difference between BCP and DRP is that BCP focuses on high-level proactive business resilience planning, while DRP focuses on reactive system maintenance, i.e. in terms of incident response. Modern business security management theory includes DRP either as part of the BCP process or as part of a separate BCDR process – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
With BCP and DRP, we can help you:
- keep your business running during and after an incident
- recover from disruptions faster
- reduce the cost and duration of any disruptions
- save lives in disasters and catastrophes
- reduce and insure against financial and other risks
- win the trust of clients and partners and protect the company’s reputation
- comply with regulatory and statutory requirements
- gain valuable information about the safety criticality of your assets
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These standards cover topics from crisis management to risk assessment, provide the basis on which we build our BCP plans:
- American National Standards Institute/ASIS ORM.1.201 Security and Resilience in Organizations and Their Supply Chains
- FINRA Rule 4370: Business Continuity Plans and Emergency Contact Information
- IEC 31010:2019: Risk Management — Risk Assessment Techniques
- ISO 22301:2019: Security and Resilience — Business Continuity Management Systems — Requirements
- ISO 22313:2012: Societal Security — Business Continuity Management Systems — Guidance
- ISO 22320:2018: Security and Resilience — Emergency Management — Guidelines for Incident Management
- ISO 27031:2011: Information technology — Security techniques — Guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity (being redeveloped as ISO WD 27031)
- ISO 31000:2018: Risk Management — Guidelines
- ISO Guide 73:2009: Risk Management — Vocabulary
- ISO/TS 22317:2015: Societal Security — Business Continuity Management Systems — Guidelines for Business Impact Analysis (BIA) (to be replaced by ISO/AWI TS 22317)
- National Fire Protection Association 1600: Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management (new consolidated draft pending)
- NIST Special Publication 800-34 Rev. 1: Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems
How to write and implement a business continuity plan
- Create a list of all critical business functions in your organisation.
- Create a business impact analysis.
- Develop a range of different crisis scenarios and think about how they could disrupt your business operations.
- Develop strategies to address any vulnerabilities you identify to maintain functionality in the event of a disaster.
- Identify employees who will play a key role in implementing business continuity processes.
- Provide training to relevant employees.
- Review and evaluate your business continuity plan on a regular basis.
How to write and implement a disaster recovery plan
- Identify the people in your organisation who need to form the disaster recovery team.
- Identify the critical processes and functions that may be affected by a disaster.
- Identify potential disaster risks and think about how they may affect your business operations.
- Develop disaster recovery strategies and processes.
- Develop contingency plans and procedures.
- Ensure your staff are trained.
- Test and maintain your plan regularly.
Given the overlapping scope of BCP and DRP processes, it is cost-effective to have the same professional team develop, test and implement BCP and DRP.
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