Business Continuity

A business continuity plan addresses how the corporation will respond to the disruption of critical systems.

  • Identifies plans to bring critical functions online within the established timeframe.
  • Specifies procedures for security of unharmed assets.
  • Identifies procedures for salvage of damaged assets.
  • Identifies BCP team members who are responsible for plan implementation.

The steps of a BCP should generally go in this order:

  1. Define the BCP scope.
  2. Prioritize criticality.
  3. Identify any resource dependencies.
  4. Estimate downtime.
  5. Outline response options.

Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) identifies long-term actions that return all operations back to normal.

During or immediately following the event

The first action during or immediately following an event is to recognize and declare the event.


During the short-term phase, the focus is the survival of the company.


The focus of the mid-term phase is to stabilize the organization and return to functional activities.

Long-term phase

The long-term phase of disaster recovery focuses on returning to normal operations.