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Ten Best Practices for Creating and Maintaining Effective Business Continuity Management Plans

Published: 08 February 2010

ID: G00174201

Analyst(s): Roberta Witty , Les Stevens


Missing or outdated business continuity management plans puts the enterprise at risk during a crisis. Use these 10 best practices to improve and mature your plans.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
    • Why Are BCM Plans so Hard to Develop and Maintain?
  • Best Practice No. 1: Executive Management Commitment Is Required for the BCM Program
  • Best Practice No. 2: Business Units Must Develop Their Own BCM Plans
  • Best Practice No. 3: BCM Plans Must Follow a Standard Process and Formality, and Not Be Done on an Ad Hoc Basis
  • Best Practice No. 4: BCM Plans Must Be Developed to Cover a Longer Outage Time Frame
  • Best Practice No. 5: BCM Plans Must Be Regularly Exercised
  • Best Practice No. 6: Develop a Structured Framework of BCM Plans
  • Best Practice No. 7: Keep BCM Plans Relevant to Their Purpose
  • Best Practice No. 8: Provide Relevant Information in BCM Plans to Facilitate Recovery Within Defined Recovery Time Frames
  • Best Practice No. 9: Establish a Central Repository and Administration Process for BCM Plan Maintenance
  • Best Practice No. 10: Use Automation to Mature BCM Plan Management

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