Business Continuity Planning is not a new concept. It has been around since at least the 1970s when it was known as ‘Disaster Planning’. The fundamental idea is that it is possible to devise plans to keep a company running, even at a minimal level, should anything stop normal operations.
Today, the more friendly term, Business Continuity Planning (“BCP”) is used, while Disaster Planning has become a subset of BCP. There are standards for BCP, the ISO 223XX and equivalent UK and EU standards for example. Some have been developed by industry groups such as ISACA and Federal institutions and councils.
Right now, with a move to e-commerce and implementing work from home and remote access facilities for staff and customers, a company is facing a broader range of risks principally because it is even more critically dependent on its IT infrastructure.
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