Business Continuity Planning The KISS Method for Local Governments Stanley France email@example.com
Session Goals • Raise awareness of potential problems • Provide basic understanding of strategies • Get started developing individual plans
Outline • What is Business Continuity? • Where do the threats come from? • Can I Wing It? • Getting Started • Business Resumption Questions • Developing a Plan • Plan Components • Additional Sources
What is Business Continuity The ability of the government to continue to function under adverse conditions
Where do the Threats Come From? • External • Mother Nature - Fire, Flood, Tornado • Utilities & Suppliers - Electrical, telecom, Fuel oil • Human Nature - Terrorists, psychos, hackers • Internal • Facility problems - leaky pipes • Equipment failures - server crash • Disgruntled staff
Can I Wing It? • Do you have to run for election? • Two components of risk analysis • Figuring likelihood of an event happening • Figuring loss if an event happens • Credibility • Public Health & Safety • Financial • Lost Information • Recovery process
Getting Started (Questions From NYS Forum Checklist) • Do you have someone in your organization who is assigned with the responsibility for business continuity planning? • Does business continuity planning have sponsorship at an executive level? • Has your agency identified which systems and processes are essential to the survival of your agency'sability to deliver its core services? • Has your agency determined how quickly essential systems and processes need to be back in operation following a disaster?
Business Resumption Questions • Will historical information be required in order to process new information? • Are necessary forms available? • Are trained personnel available? • Is there a work site accessible by the public and with the necessary utilities? • Is necessary hardware, software and data backup available?
Developing a Plan • Identify processes likely to need to be recovered together • Sum physical requirements • Identify expertize, hardware, software overlaps • Look for sites with similar configurations and possible extra capacity
Plan Components • Identify Emergency Management Leadership & Notification Plan • Establish Disaster Recovery Site Roles • Detailed Lists • Management - Internal & Recripricol • Experts - Functions, Technical, Vendor • Information Sources- Forms, Back Up Tapes, Microfilm • Recovery Priority Order • Public Information Dissemination
Additional Sources • Business Continuity Institute http://www.thebci.org/ • NYS Forum http://www.nysfirm.org/healthcheck.asp • Business Continuity Planners Association http://www.bcpa.org/