Do you REALLY need a Business Continuity Consultant?

Before you start the process of retaining a consultant, why not make sure that you really need a "belt and braces" consulting arrangement. Are there just specific aspects that you need o concentrate on? The checklists below will help you identify which parts of your business continuity plan you need to focus on

Operational Priorities for Recovery

  • We have identified all operational priorities

  • We understand the difficulties that could be encountered if these operational priorities could not be met

  • We have identified the information systems that support our operational priorities

  • We have identified the suppliers that support our operational priorities

  • We have identified our alternative workplace needs

  • We have identified any specialist equipment that is required to meet operational priorities
     

Core Capabilities for Recovery

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • We have confirmation that our IT systems can be recovered to meet the tolerances within our operational priorities

  • IT systems recovery capabilities have been recently tested and confirmed 

  • Our IT function has proven processes for the recovery of our IT infrastructure and critical application systems

  • There is clear ownership and responsibility throughout the IT function for these recovery process 

TELEPHONY

  • A process for Telephony switching, if required, has been developed

 

REMOTE WORKING CAPABILITY

  • Remote systems access facilities and capabilities can support the level of envisaged remote working

 

WORKPLACE RECOVERY

  • Alternative physical workplace facilities can accommodate the envisaged number of staff to be relocated

  • All necessary equipment is available at alternative workplace facilities OR “workarounds” are available and proven

  • Transport arrangements are in place to move relocated staff to designated location

Departmental Action Plans for Recovery

  • Key roles have been identified

  • Contact details for individuals filling key roles have been included in the plan

  • The plan identifies any communications facilities available to recovery team members and how to activate and use them

  • As far as possible, we are confident that key role holders understand their roles and competent in their performance

  • The plan recognises different types of impact and has included action plans accordingly

  • The plan includes accommodates different phases of the business cycle (i.e. month-end, financial reporting deadlines etc.)
     

Communications Strategies

  • We have identified all audiences that could be affected by an incident within our organisation

  • We have clear ownership of the communications channel to each audience

  • Those responsible for managing specific communications channels are competent in any technologies or platforms we intend to use to communicate with the chosen audience

  • We are confident that any contact lists used are up to date and accurate

  • We are confident that internal communications will remain INSIDE our organisation