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Examining BC Plans

In this section we take a look at the world of BC plans – what they are, what they provide, what they contain and why you need one.

To paraphrase the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines, a BC plan is

a documented collection of procedures and information that has been developed, compiled and maintained in readiness for use in an incident and allows an organisation to maintain the delivery of its key products and services.

remember.eps This definition tells you most of what you need to know: a BC plan is a set of plans to aid you in dealing with a disruption. In order to fulfil this role effectively, the plans need to be concise, accessible and easy to read.

warning_bomb.eps All successful BC plans are built upon these three key characteristics: don’t veer from them unless an overwhelming reason exists.

Appreciating the advantages of a BC plan

A BC plan is all about making life easier for you and your team at the start of and during a disruption.

At this stage you’ve done much of the hard work by:

check.png Working out your key products and services (check out Chapter 4).

check.png Identifying ...

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