Business Continuity Management linking Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery

7 Feb

Businesses continuing planning and disaster recovery have all become major words in the IT industry. These headings are all linked together through business continuity management.  “Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning transcend far beyond just the Information Technology function in modern businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations”(1). IN this blog a brief outline of what each topic means will be portrayed as well as how business management has brought them all under the topic of business continuity.

Business Continuity Planning

“Business continuity planning (BCP) identifies an organization’s exposure to internal and external threats and synthesizes hard and soft assets to provide effective prevention and recovery for the organization, while maintaining competitive advantage and value system integrity”(2). BCP will deal with issues that will affect the organisation, however this is not to be misunderstood that BCP helps an organisation if it is struck by disaster and rebuilding is needed. If a business has to close to rebuild, the focus will shift from BCP to a rebuilding program. Business continuity planning covers a broad spectrum within a company from the loss of electricity to the loss of a key employee within the company.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery covers the more serious side of business continuity management. This deals with issues that cannot be planned for. These events can affect a company in a way in which it cannot carry out the day to day running of the firm until planning has taken place to correct the disaster which has occurred. Examples of these disasters would be “a flu pandemic that affects more than 50% of the organization’s workforce. Other events like hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can also trigger an organization to implement its disaster recovery plan”(3). This disaster recovery plan would have been prepared through a good and rigorously tested business continuity management plan. Since disaster recovers main objective is to recover data that may have been lost through disaster a business continuity plan must be in place to ensure this will not occur. As mentioned in a previous blog of mine a company may solve this issue by setting up a mirror company to retrieve data continuously in the case of a disaster.

Take for example Morgan Stanley was able to announce within days of the disaster of the twin tower attacks that “We are ready to resume full operations. All our clients should rest assured that their assets  are safe and our Financial Advisors are hard at work contacting our individual investors to answer questions  and address their concerns”(4). Though both being quiet different a business continuity plan and disaster recover both play a vital part in the development of a business continuity management plan, in Morgan Stanley’s case though through the loss of life and infrastructure they were able to continue their work within days of the disaster. If a business continuity management is carried out correctly even in the case of immense disaster a company can persevere through event.






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