What is involved in Business Continuity Strategy
Find out what the related areas are that Business Continuity Strategy connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Business Continuity Strategy thinking-frame.
How far is your company on its Business Continuity Strategy journey?
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To address the criteria in this checklist for your organization, extensive selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information.
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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Business Continuity Strategy related domains to cover and 188 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.
The following domains are covered:
Business Continuity Strategy, Business continuity, Business continuity planning, Change management, Contingency management, Data center automation, Data recovery, Digital continuity, Disaster recovery, Disaster recovery plan, Firmware, High Availability, ISO 22301, Information Technology, Information security, Managed System, Microcode, Quality management, Resilience, Risk management, Service level agreement, Subnetwork, Volume Group, Workload Management:
Business Continuity Strategy Critical Criteria:
Accommodate Business Continuity Strategy strategies and reduce Business Continuity Strategy costs.
– Who are the people involved in developing and implementing Business Continuity Strategy?
– Does Business Continuity Strategy appropriately measure and monitor risk?
Business continuity Critical Criteria:
Detail Business continuity tactics and describe the risks of Business continuity sustainability.
– We should have adequate and well-tested disaster recovery and business resumption plans for all major systems and have remote facilities to limit the effect of disruptive events. Do we comply?
– Has specific responsibility been assigned for the execution of business continuity and disaster recovery plans (either within or outside of the information security function)?
– Has the organization established an enterprise-wide business continuity/disaster recovery program that is consistent with requirements, policy, and applicable guidelines?
– Do you have a written business continuity/disaster recovery plan that includes procedures to be followed in the event of a disruptive computer incident?
– What programs/projects/departments/groups have some or all responsibility for business continuity/Risk Management/organizational resilience?
– Will Business Continuity Strategy have an impact on current business continuity, disaster recovery processes and/or infrastructure?
– Which data center management activity involves eliminating single points of failure to ensure business continuity?
– How will management prepare employees for a disaster, reduce the overall risks, and shorten the recovery window?
– Does Business Continuity Strategy systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?
– How does our business continuity plan differ from a disaster recovery plan?
– Is the crisis management team comprised of members from Human Resources?
– Is there a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place?
– What is business continuity planning and why is it important?
– Has business continuity been considered for this eventuality?
– Do we all define Business Continuity Strategy in the same way?
– What do we really want from Service Management?
– Do you have a tested IT disaster recovery plan?
Business continuity planning Critical Criteria:
Facilitate Business continuity planning quality and define what our big hairy audacious Business continuity planning goal is.
– When a Business Continuity Strategy manager recognizes a problem, what options are available?
– What is the role of digital document management in business continuity planning management?
– How will you know that the Business Continuity Strategy project has been successful?
– Think of your Business Continuity Strategy project. what are the main functions?
Change management Critical Criteria:
Conceptualize Change management projects and mentor Change management customer orientation.
– Business Change and Training Manager responsibilities include Planning, coordinating and implementing an Organizational Change Management Plan?
– How should projects be phased to allow adequate time for Change Management and organizational acceptance of the selected technologies?
– Do you have resources, processes, and methodologies in place to provide training and organizational change management services?
– Have all the major Change Management issues associated with the preferred alternative been identified and discussed?
– What are some concrete ways to help executives understand the value of change management?
– Does your organization have a preferred organizational change management methodology?
– In what scenarios should change management systems be introduced?
– What change management practices does your organization employ?
– Are Organizational Change managements best practices (eg Kotter) applied?
– When is Change Management used on a project at which level?
– What is the latest success strategy in change management?
– When and how is Change Management used on a project?
– What is workplace Change Management?
– When to start Change Management?
Contingency management Critical Criteria:
Chat re Contingency management quality and find the ideas you already have.
– What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective Business Continuity Strategy leader?
– What are the short and long-term Business Continuity Strategy goals?
– Which Business Continuity Strategy goals are the most important?
Data center automation Critical Criteria:
Extrapolate Data center automation projects and customize techniques for implementing Data center automation controls.
– What are our best practices for minimizing Business Continuity Strategy project risk, while demonstrating incremental value and quick wins throughout the Business Continuity Strategy project lifecycle?
– How do we go about Securing Business Continuity Strategy?
– How do we Lead with Business Continuity Strategy in Mind?
Data recovery Critical Criteria:
Examine Data recovery leadership and report on developing an effective Data recovery strategy.
– Think about the people you identified for your Business Continuity Strategy project and the project responsibilities you would assign to them. what kind of training do you think they would need to perform these responsibilities effectively?
– What are the success criteria that will indicate that Business Continuity Strategy objectives have been met and the benefits delivered?
– What tools and technologies are needed for a custom Business Continuity Strategy project?
– What is the most competent data recovery service in the us?
Digital continuity Critical Criteria:
Explore Digital continuity adoptions and get the big picture.
– How does the organization define, manage, and improve its Business Continuity Strategy processes?
– What business benefits will Business Continuity Strategy goals deliver if achieved?
Disaster recovery Critical Criteria:
Face Disaster recovery results and perfect Disaster recovery conflict management.
– Has your organization ever had to invoke its disaster recovery plan which included the CRM solution and if so was the recovery time objective met and how long did it take to return to your primary solution?
– Does our business continuity and/or disaster recovery plan (bcp/drp) address the timely recovery of its it functions in the event of a disaster?
– Collecting hazard history information can assist you in answering the question – how has the hazard impacted us in the past?
– Are there any promotions being done in your local area by government or others that you can take advantage of?
– How frequently, if at all, do we conduct a business impact analysis (bia) and risk assessment (ra)?
– Do we plan a Disaster recovery plan test and a full interruption disaster recovery plan test?
– Are there standard orders that you fulfill that you need to talk to specific clients about?
– Have you spoken to your bank about your recovery plan and your funding needs?
– Has business continuity thinking and planning become too formulaic?
– What does a disaster recovery plan look like?
– How many data center sites do you have?
– What is post-disaster recovery to us?
– Is disaster recovery server in scope?
– What does our Disaster Recovery Plan look like?
– If I didnt reopen, what would I do?
– What is disaster recovery?
– How is security ensured?
– Insurance coverage?
Disaster recovery plan Critical Criteria:
Revitalize Disaster recovery plan planning and probe using an integrated framework to make sure Disaster recovery plan is getting what it needs.
– The goal of a disaster recovery plan is to minimize the costs resulting from losses of, or damages to, the resources or capabilities of your IT facilities. The success of any disaster recovery plan depends a great deal on being able to determine the risks associated with data loss. What is the impact to our business if the data is lost?
– Are we a listed company, if so ask ourselves this: Disaster recovery planning, or its lack, will affect a companys equity position. why buy stock in a company that will disappear should the data center go down?
– Disaster recovery planning, also called contingency planning, is the process of preparing your organizations assets and operations in case of a disaster. but what do we define as a disaster?
– What are the requirements for continuity of mail services, such as those specified in continuity of operations plans and disaster recovery plans?
– Do our business continuity andor disaster recovery plan (bcp/drp) address the timely recovery of our it functions in the event of a disaster?
– What actions start the master disaster recovery plan (drp), business recovery plan (brp), and emergency recovery plan (erp)?
– How do we determine if damages are enough to warrant activation of all or part of the disaster recovery plan?
– Are the disaster recovery plan (DRP) and the business contingency plan (BCP) tested annually?
– How will we insure seamless interoperability of Business Continuity Strategy moving forward?
– Is the priority of system restores documented in the disaster recovery plan?
– Have we ever invoked our disaster recovery plan?
– Do we have past Business Continuity Strategy Successes?
Firmware Critical Criteria:
Detail Firmware tactics and spearhead techniques for implementing Firmware.
– IoT-based offerings are no longer one-off product hardware sales. Instead, manufacturers will embark on new relationships with customers that last for the entire lifecycle of the hardware product. Through over-the-air (OTA) communications, firmware updates and feature enhancements can be delivered to IoT products for as long as they are installed. Given this shift, how should we price our IoT offerings?
– Has anyone made unauthorized changes or additions to your systems hardware, firmware, or software characteristics without your IT departments knowledge, instruction, or consent?
– Does the company have equipment dependent on remote upgrades to firmware or software, or have plans to implement such systems?
– How do senior leaders actions reflect a commitment to the organizations Business Continuity Strategy values?
– Have all basic functions of Business Continuity Strategy been defined?
– What are specific Business Continuity Strategy Rules to follow?
High Availability Critical Criteria:
Jump start High Availability tasks and ask what if.
– What are some of our practices for having application consistent snapshots across multiple persistent storage systems for disaster recovery and or high availability purposes?
– What are your key performance measures or indicators and in-process measures for the control and improvement of your Business Continuity Strategy processes?
– How likely is the current Business Continuity Strategy plan to come in on schedule or on budget?
– Should the deployment occur in high availability mode or should we configure in bypass mode?
– How can sdn be applied in the context of disaster recovery and high availability?
– Are our applications designed for high availability and disaster recovery?
– Is the application designed for high availability and disaster recovery?
– How will you measure your Business Continuity Strategy effectiveness?
ISO 22301 Critical Criteria:
Exchange ideas about ISO 22301 strategies and suggest using storytelling to create more compelling ISO 22301 projects.
– How important is Business Continuity Strategy to the user organizations mission?
– What vendors make products that address the Business Continuity Strategy needs?
Information Technology Critical Criteria:
Sort Information Technology governance and oversee Information Technology management by competencies.
– Do the response plans address damage assessment, site restoration, payroll, Human Resources, information technology, and administrative support?
– Does your company have defined information technology risk performance metrics that are monitored and reported to management on a regular basis?
– If a survey was done with asking organizations; Is there a line between your information technology department and your information security department?
– What is the total cost related to deploying Business Continuity Strategy, including any consulting or professional services?
– Have you identified your Business Continuity Strategy key performance indicators?
– How does new information technology come to be applied and diffused among firms?
– The difference between data/information and information technology (it)?
– When do you ask for help from Information Technology (IT)?
Information security Critical Criteria:
Jump start Information security failures and describe the risks of Information security sustainability.
– Does mgmt communicate to the organization on the importance of meeting the information security objectives, conforming to the information security policy and the need for continual improvement?
– Are information security policies, including policies for access control, application and system development, operational, network and physical security, formally documented?
– Based on our information security Risk Management strategy, do we have official written information security and privacy policies, standards, or procedures?
– Are information security events and weaknesses associated with information systems communicated in a manner to allow timely corrective action to be taken?
– Do suitable policies for the information security exist for all critical assets of the value added chain (indication of completeness of policies, Ico )?
– How can we incorporate support to ensure safe and effective use of Business Continuity Strategy into the services that we provide?
– Do we have an official information security architecture, based on our Risk Management analysis and information security strategy?
– Are we requesting exemption from or modification to established information security policies or standards?
– Does your organization have a chief information security officer (CISO or equivalent title)?
– Ensure that the information security procedures support the business requirements?
– What is true about the trusted computing base in information security?
– Is information security an it function within the company?
– How to achieve a satisfied level of information security?
– Conform to the identified information security requirements?
– Is information security managed within the organization?
Managed System Critical Criteria:
Look at Managed System management and create a map for yourself.
– What are your results for key measures or indicators of the accomplishment of your Business Continuity Strategy strategy and action plans, including building and strengthening core competencies?
Microcode Critical Criteria:
Dissect Microcode leadership and probe using an integrated framework to make sure Microcode is getting what it needs.
– Risk factors: what are the characteristics of Business Continuity Strategy that make it risky?
Quality management Critical Criteria:
Audit Quality management goals and forecast involvement of future Quality management projects in development.
– How do mission and objectives affect the Business Continuity Strategy processes of our organization?
– Who is the main stakeholder, with ultimate responsibility for driving Business Continuity Strategy forward?
– What is the future of Data Quality management?
– Quality management -are clients satisfied?
– What is Effective Business Continuity Strategy?
Resilience Critical Criteria:
Confer re Resilience quality and ask questions.
– What type and amount of resources does the system develop inherently and what does it attract from the close and distant environment to employ them consequently in the resilience process?
– Think about the functions involved in your Business Continuity Strategy project. what processes flow from these functions?
– How and how much do Resilience functions performed by a particular system impact own and others vulnerabilities?
– How and how much Resilience functions performed by a particular system impact own and others vulnerabilities?
– How will our organization address the key risk areas of security, resilience and data leakage?
– What level of service resilience and backup is provided within the service?
– How do we go about Comparing Business Continuity Strategy approaches/solutions?
– What level of service resilience and backup is provided within the service?
– What level of service resilience and backup is provided within services?
– What is the nature and character of our Resilience functions?
– Why focus on Cybersecurity & resilience?
Risk management Critical Criteria:
Canvass Risk management decisions and modify and define the unique characteristics of interactive Risk management projects.
– What are the dangers to individuals and society inherent in any single centralized system of identity and authentication?
– Has a risk situation which has been ongoing over time, with several risk events, escalated to a situation of higher risk?
– To what extent is Cybersecurity risk incorporated into organizations overarching enterprise Risk Management?
– Do we have a formal escalation process to address Cybersecurity risks that suddenly increase in severity?
– Is the organization updating critical Risk Management documents based on ongoing monitoring activities?
– How will your companys investment ITRM be distributed across their initiatives in the next 12 months?
– Will sustainability be a key differentiator for companies as global competition intensifies?
– What has been the boards contribution to ensuring robust and effective Risk Management?
– How important is the Risk assessed information to the user organizations mission?
– Are new risks introduced as a result of the identified risks being controlled?
– How will investment in ITRM be distributed in the next 12 months?
– How important is the system to the user organizations mission?
– Is the information shared consistent with the response plan?
– Can users share data with the expectation of uniform protection?
– What scope do you want your strategy to cover?
– Have reporting expectations been established?
– What s De-identified?
Service level agreement Critical Criteria:
Study Service level agreement quality and give examples utilizing a core of simple Service level agreement skills.
– Determine if the data center has Service Level Agreements with the clients it serves. if so, do they measure themselves for compliance with the agreement?
– What are standard financial penalties for violating downtime in a Service Level Agreement?
– What are some examples of Service Level Agreements used by saas companies and or products?
– Why are Service Level Agreements a dying breed in the software as a service industry?
– How will the agreement be terminated at the end of the initial term of the SLA?
– How will the service provider monitor or track and report on performance?
– What are direct advantages of entering into Service Level Agreements?
– What actions will be taken in the event of a serious disruption?
– Do we have Data Protection Service Level Agreements?
– Is a Service Level Agreement (sla) available?
– What is the retention period of the data?
– What is the problem escalation process?
– What will it take to make it work?
– When will the SLA be reviewed?
– How many copies are required?
– What is it going to take?
– What is Data Protection?
– How do I write an SLA?
– What is Out of Scope?
Subnetwork Critical Criteria:
Reconstruct Subnetwork management and question.
– Who will be responsible for documenting the Business Continuity Strategy requirements in detail?
– Is there any existing Business Continuity Strategy governance structure?
Volume Group Critical Criteria:
Merge Volume Group tactics and find the essential reading for Volume Group researchers.
– In the case of a Business Continuity Strategy project, the criteria for the audit derive from implementation objectives. an audit of a Business Continuity Strategy project involves assessing whether the recommendations outlined for implementation have been met. in other words, can we track that any Business Continuity Strategy project is implemented as planned, and is it working?
– For your Business Continuity Strategy project, identify and describe the business environment. is there more than one layer to the business environment?
Workload Management Critical Criteria:
Design Workload Management management and define what do we need to start doing with Workload Management.
– How to deal with Business Continuity Strategy Changes?
This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Business Continuity Strategy Self Assessment:
Author: Gerard Blokdijk
CEO at The Art of Service | http://theartofservice.com
Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.
To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:
Business Continuity Strategy External links:
Business Continuity Strategy Development – YouTube
Disaster Recovery Plan | Business Continuity Strategy
Module 4. Business Continuity Strategy Development
Business continuity External links:
What is business continuity? | The BCI
Business Continuity Plan | FEMA.gov
Business Continuity and Other Disclosures – Pershing LLC
Business continuity planning External links:
Business Continuity Planning Suite | Ready.gov
Business Continuity Planning – BCP
Change management External links:
Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model – Change Management …
Change management experts -Change Management …
10 Change Management Best Practices | The Fast Track
Contingency management External links:
[PDF]Contingency Management of System 463L Pallets and …
“Contingency Management Effect on Cocaine Use While …
Contingency management (Book, 1975) [WorldCat.org]
Data center automation External links:
Zefflin – Data Center Automation & Cloud Management …
Data Center Automation | Mumbai | Sunrise Consulting
Data Center Automation | pureIntegration
Data recovery External links:
Recover My Flash Drive – Data Recovery
Best Android Data Recovery Software in 2017 for Windows …
Data recovery – support.microsoft.com
Digital continuity External links:
BBC TWO Digital Continuity, December 2000 – YouTube
Disaster recovery External links:
Enterprise & Private Cloud – Disaster Recovery – Backup
SCDRO – South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office
Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery plan External links:
IT Disaster Recovery Plan | Ready.gov
12-5 Disaster Recovery Plan Requirements – USPS
Disaster Recovery Plan – gftitle.com
Firmware External links:
Firmware Updates for Seagate Products
Firmware | Pioneer Electronics USA
Download Foscam Firmware
High Availability External links:
Configure a Virtual Machine for High Availability
High Availability Replication Software | EVault & DoubleTake
ISO 22301 External links:
Page Title ISO 22301 Lead Auditor Training
ISO 22301 Business Continuity Standard in Plain English
[PDF]ISO 22301 – Business Continuity Management
Information Technology External links:
Rebelmail | UNLV Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Umail | University Information Technology Services
OHIO: Office of Information Technology |About Email
Information security External links:
Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 – NIST
[PDF]TITLE III INFORMATION SECURITY – Certifications
ALTA – Information Security
Managed System External links:
Notification Email for Managed System (153633)
Managed System Extensibility – Microsoft Corporation
Microcode External links:
Notes on Intel Microcode Updates – Inertia War
linux – What is Intel microcode? – Stack Overflow
June 2015 Intel CPU microcode update for Windows
Quality management External links:
Quality Management Training Solutions from BSI
abaqis® | Quality Management System
Resilience External links:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Risk management External links:
Education Risk Management | Edu Risk Solutions
Risk Management Job Titles | Enlighten Jobs
20 Best Title:(risk Management Manager) jobs (Hiring …
Service level agreement External links:
[PDF]TEMPLATE Service Level Agreement (1)
[DOC]Service Level Agreement (SLA) Template
What is a Service Level Agreement? | Palo Alto Networks
Subnetwork External links:
Subnetwork Access Protocol – How is Subnetwork …
What is subnet (subnetwork)? – Definition from WhatIs.com
What is subnetwork? – Definition from WhatIs.com
Workload Management External links:
Project Scheduling and Workload Management Tools – …
[PDF]Caseload and Workload Management – Child Welfare
User workload management in Exchange 2016