Well, it seems that the Mayans had it wrong and the world did not come to an end back in December. But what does your company do when the lights go out, or when the building where you work is damaged in some way. Knowing the answer and having a plan could mean the difference between business continuity and company failure.
First start with a world standard plan, I recommend ISO/IEC 27001. It’s world-known and will cover everything that you need and then some.
Remember Rome was not built in a day nor will your plan be. Start slow but work on it weekly ironing the bugs for your level comfort. How long could be down for 24, 48 hrs longer? Where would people work if they could not be in the office? How would they know where to go? Who has the passwords and what happens if they are not around to give them to people on site?
All this and much more is cover in the standard I mentioned above.
Business continuity planning is defined as 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.”
Business continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under adverse conditions such as a storm, crime or some other unforeseen disaster.
It’s a cycle of Analysis, Solution Design, Implementation, Testing, Maintenance and then starting the process again.
It’s an exercise well worth doing and then doing again. Don’t be the one caught without the flashlight. Remember the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared.”