Business continuity is the process of making systems of recovery and prevention for potential threats to an organization to protect against possible disasters. The primary goal of IT business continuity is to allow continuing operations after an event has occurred. It involves a series of steps that include: identifying threats, defining a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, and developing an inventory of necessary resources to execute the recovery plan. Business continuity also provides an opportunity to evaluate and modify strategies in response to emerging threats.
To achieve business continuity in its most effective form, a business must have an IT business continuity system, which is a system that helps to coordinate all aspects of a company’s day-to-day operations. The purpose of the business continuity system is to help keep critical processes running smoothly so that there will be no interruption of business activities while the organization gets back on track.
Business continuity planning starts with identifying potential risks to a business. The system should analyze and identify potential threats that could disrupt or disable important aspects of daily operations. Once identified, the system can develop a plan to prevent these events from occurring. The plan should include an action plan to address any risk that might occur. The plan must also describe the resources that are available to provide support to the business in case of a crisis or incident.
Once the IT continuity system identifies the risks, it is a vital step to develop an inventory of resources. This inventory must include both the tools and resources that will be necessary to handle each identified risk.
Once the inventory of resources has been developed, it is important to monitor these resources for changes in status. Changes in status can cause interruptions in the normal operation of the business and should be reported immediately. An integrated monitoring and reporting strategy should be developed to ensure that there is a complete and accurate accounting of resource changes, including the costs and impacts of any resource loss due to failure to maintain consistent reporting practices. This information can then be used to make the necessary changes to the IT continuity plan to adjust the plan to better cope with change and recover quickly when necessary.
Finally, once the inventory of resources and inventory data are evaluated, the IT continuity system must develop a list of resources that will be required to implement recovery in the event of a disaster. The list should include those resources that will need to support the business recovery and provide continuity after a disaster or emergency.