Business Continuity Plans (BCP) Principles and Practices

Business Continuity Plans form an essential part of an organization's tools for maintaining continuity of critical products and services.

Course content explores the role a BCP plays in aligning the resilience requirements for uninterruptible services and the measures that need to be in place for an organization to restore their business after an unexpected disruption. Risk assessment techniques and recovery strategies are introduced as prerequisites for formulating useful continuity plans and plans to recover services through to business as usual (BAU) are developed.

How to use a Business Continuity Plan as a means of measuring response, where BAU is one endpoint and disaster recovery is the other is studied as is the validation of plans through appropriate exercising the relative advantages and limitations of different techniques.

This course combines presentations as well as individual and team activities designed to establish and cement a practical understanding of the elements of Business Continuity Plans, enabling you to construct, deploy and validate relevant BCPs.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone involved in providing critical services with the interest or responsibility of formulating recovery arrangements following service disruption

Pre-requisites: There are no formal prerequisites for attending this course, however an understanding of Business Impact Analysis and business risk assessment is useful to get most out of this course.

What will I learn?

You will have the knowledge to:

  • Analyse continuity requirements and determine if BCPs are suitable and relevant
  • Develop plans for continuity management and disaster recovery
  • Identify resource requirements for the successful implementation of BCPs

You will have the skills to:

  • Construct BCPs to recover services back to BAU Exercise BCPs to validate them

How will I benefit?

This course will help you:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of BCPs
  • Recognize the appropriate use of BCPs
  • Construct BCPs covering service recovery and disaster management back to BAU
  • Use exercise techniques to validate the plans