A Professional's Guide to the Contents of a Business Continuity Plan

A Professional’s Guide to the Contents of a Business Continuity Plan
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Objectives
If you have never created a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), it seems to be one of the most difficult
tasks based on my observations and experience, and there always seems to be a lot of questions
about what should and should not be included in the BCP.
This document will help you determine and structure the basic information that should be in an
effective and viable BCP. Information in this document is based on DRI International’s
Professional Practices for Business Continuity Planners (see www.drii.org for the latest
version) and other references as documented in the footnotes.
The objectives of A Professional’s Guide to the Contents of a Business Continuity Plan are to:
Document a structure for your Business Continuity Plan.
Describe the general contents of each section and subsection.
Provide guidelines, recommendations, and some examples of items that you may need in
your Business Continuity Plan.
Suggest a structure to integrate a Crisis Management Plan (CMP) with your Business
Continuity Plan.
Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Overview
The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is generally organized so that information required during a
recovery operation is closer to the beginning of the document, except for detailed recovery
procedures (e.g., Recovery Procedures for the Windows 2000 Server). The Table of Contents
contains five chapters as shown in the following sections.
One other important point: this document is intended as a guide, not an absolute requirement, to
help you determine the contents of a BCP that is most appropriate for your organization. For
example, I have shown five (5) chapters because it is easy to obtain 5-tab indexes, but I have
written BCPs that contain twenty (20) or more chapters. In general, how you organize your BCP
is not as important as being certain that you have all of the information required to effectively
implement your plan.
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