Business dependence on applications and infrastructure is growing. Most industries and companies have a major to critical dependence on IT and OT (operational technology).
IoT, SaaS and app offerings, and the increasing pervasiveness of applications are driving increased executive awareness of the need for business continuity planning is increasing.
Industry and government-driven regulations are placing more focus on business continuity capabilities.
Customers are demanding that organizations provide evidence that they have a workable BCP before agreeing to do business.
Incomplete device and application documentation and dependency mapping complicate and may nullify BC planning.
BCP requires input from multiple departments with different and sometimes conflicting objectives. There are typically few, if any, dedicated resources for BCP, so it can’t be a full-time, resource-intensive project.
As an IT leader you have the skill set and organizational knowledge to lead a BCP project, but ultimately business leaders need to own the BCP – they know their processes, and therefore, their requirements to resume business operations better than anyone else.
The traditional approach to BCP is a massive project that most organizations can’t execute without hiring a consultant. To execute BCP in-house, carve up the task into manageable pieces as outlined in this blueprint.
Most organizations lack the tools and documentation for complete dependency mapping.
Impact & Result
The lack of tools and documentation put BCP at risk.
Business leaders that don’t provide enough resources for effective BCP are quick to blame IT for BC challenges.
IT is responsible for implementing BCP, but executives are responsible to provide the resources.
Substantial risk is present in most BC plans.
The “unknown unknowns” create a major risk to the implementation of BCP.
IT leaders that do not educate business leaders on the need for enough resources for BCP put themselves at career risk.