Purpose Of A Business Continuity Plan

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Purpose of a Business Continuity Plan A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a comprehensive plan that helps a company prepare for different types of emergencies. The goal is to ensure that mission-critical functions, or Critical Business Functions (CBFs) continue operation after a disaster strikes (Managing Risk in Information Systems, 2011). A business continuity plan also contains a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) which concentrates on restoring all data and information technology. Scope of Business Continuity Plan This BCP will focus mainly on the headquarters of DLIS, Battle Creek, MI; which “has a global reach and at least 50 file servers and various databases (12) running everything from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to the organization payroll system that has an electronic funds transfer (EFT) capability. Also, Defense Logistics Information Service has a warm site within 50 miles of headquarters” (ITT-Technical Institute, 2015). Assumptions and Planning Principles Contingency plans are a crucial aspect in every BCP as they allow continued business functions in the event of natural disasters, many man-made events such as terrorism, espionage, fire, etc. Weather can wreak havoc on personnel as many may not be able to arrive at work due to road conditions. Best case scenario gives DLIS the ability to regain functionality within 1-2 business days, depending on mitigating factors (road conditions/live employees). System Description and Architecture With at least fifty (50) file servers and various databases (12) that house everything from an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to the payroll system which allows electronic funds transfers (EFTs). Numerous switches, routers and firewalls connect every... ... middle of paper ... ...; full restores possible from warm site Loss of Network Enclave Unable to operate at maximum functionality Warm site functional to regain operations; resume enclave functions Destroyed Building Unable to operate; times, resources, assets lost Warm site to prepare company move; all functions online and operating Summary A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) ensures an organization will be able to resume business functions and operations as soon as possible after an event or catastrophe. Within the BCP, assumptions, system description, personnel (Key team members), three phase control, planning, training, testing and maintenance are all necessary for DLIS to move forward after severe situations. Continuing development of all risks will help DLIS and the DLA (Defense Logistics Agency) to remain protected from any impact which could cause issues for the organizations.
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