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Best Practices for Conducting a Business Impact Analysis

Published: 30 June 2006

ID: G00141260

Analyst(s): Kristen Noakes-Fry, Christopher H. Baum, Roberta Witty , Simon Mingay


Conduct a business impact analysis to create practical, usable business continuity management plans. Once the BIA is complete, you will have defined, functional requirements, and you can proceed to a formal risk analysis and the final BCM plan.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Senior Management Buy-in
  • Developing Incident Scenarios
  • Identifying Business Processes
  • The Kick-Off Meeting
  • Conduct Interviews
  • BIA Questions to Ask
  • "Normalization" or Level Setting
  • Prepare the Final BIA Report and Recommendations
  • The BIA as a Project vs. an Ongoing Process

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