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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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Business Continuity Strategy related domains to cover and 197 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:
Win new insights about Business Continuity Strategy results and develop and take control of the Business Continuity Strategy initiative.
– What are the top 3 things at the forefront of our Business Continuity Strategy agendas for the next 3 years?
– How does the organization define, manage, and improve its Business Continuity Strategy processes?
– What is our formula for success in Business Continuity Strategy ?
Business continuity Critical Criteria:
Value Business continuity leadership and use obstacles to break out of ruts.
– Does Business Continuity Strategy include applications and information with regulatory compliance significance (or other contractual conditions that must be formally complied with) in a new or unique manner for which no approved security requirements, templates or design models exist?
– 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 the response plans address damage assessment, site restoration, payroll, Human Resources, information technology, and administrative support?
– 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?
– What programs/projects/departments/groups have some or all responsibility for business continuity/Risk Management/organizational resilience?
– Does Business Continuity Strategy analysis show the relationships among important Business Continuity Strategy factors?
– 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?
– What is the role of digital document management in business continuity planning management?
– Does increasing our companys footprint add to the challenge of business continuity?
– How does our business continuity plan differ from a disaster recovery plan?
– Has business continuity thinking and planning become too formulaic?
– Is there a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place?
– Has business continuity been considered for this eventuality?
– Do you have any DR/business continuity plans in place?
– How can we improve Business Continuity Strategy?
Business continuity planning Critical Criteria:
Experiment with Business continuity planning adoptions and question.
– How can you negotiate Business Continuity Strategy successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate client, or a deceitful coworker?
– What are your most important goals for the strategic Business Continuity Strategy objectives?
– What are all of our Business Continuity Strategy domains and what do they do?
– What is business continuity planning and why is it important?
Change management Critical Criteria:
Meet over Change management risks and summarize a clear Change management focus.
– Workforce Change Management How do you prepare your workforce for changing capability and capacity needs? How do you manage your workforce, its needs, and your needs to ensure continuity, prevent workforce reductions, and minimize the impact of workforce reductions, if they do become necessary? How do you prepare for and manage periods of workforce growth?
– What steps have executives included in the Change Management plan to identify and address customers and stakeholders concerns about the specific process to be reengineered?
– Business Change and Training Manager responsibilities include Planning, coordinating and implementing an Organizational Change Management Plan?
– Do you have resources, processes, and methodologies in place to provide training and organizational change management services?
– Is Business Continuity Strategy dependent on the successful delivery of a current project?
– What are the most important benefits of effective organizational change management?
– In what scenarios should change management systems be introduced?
– What has been your most Challenging change management experience?
– What are common barriers to using Change Management in practice?
– Are Organizational Change managements best practices (eg Kotter) applied?
– What is the latest success strategy in change management?
– Who are the leaders in a Change Management process?
– What is workplace Change Management?
– When to start Change Management?
Contingency management Critical Criteria:
Consider Contingency management goals and catalog Contingency management activities.
– What is the total cost related to deploying Business Continuity Strategy, including any consulting or professional services?
– What vendors make products that address the Business Continuity Strategy needs?
– How do we Lead with Business Continuity Strategy in Mind?
Data center automation Critical Criteria:
Do a round table on Data center automation projects and mentor Data center automation customer orientation.
– Which customers cant participate in our Business Continuity Strategy domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?
– What are the usability implications of Business Continuity Strategy actions?
– What are the long-term Business Continuity Strategy goals?
Data recovery Critical Criteria:
Detail Data recovery tasks and figure out ways to motivate other Data recovery users.
– In what ways are Business Continuity Strategy vendors and us interacting to ensure safe and effective use?
– What is the most competent data recovery service in the us?
– What is Effective Business Continuity Strategy?
Digital continuity Critical Criteria:
Use past Digital continuity goals and do something to it.
– Risk factors: what are the characteristics of Business Continuity Strategy that make it risky?
– How do we Identify specific Business Continuity Strategy investment and emerging trends?
– Which Business Continuity Strategy goals are the most important?
Disaster recovery Critical Criteria:
Study Disaster recovery tactics and do something to it.
– 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?
– Have policies and procedures been established to ensure the continuity of data services in an event of a data breach, loss, or other disaster (this includes a disaster recovery plan)?
– Are there any promotions being done in your local area by government or others that you can take advantage of?
– Incorporated lessons from running your business prior to the disaster into your recovery plan?
– Can we self insure for disaster recovery or do we use a recommend vendor certified hot site?
– Incorporated your analysis of the market conditions postdisaster into your recovery plan?
– How many virtual machines are to be protected by the disaster recovery solution?
– If we move in a different direction, what are the private-property concerns?
– Is our DRP Plan aligned with our vision, or does the plan need to change?
– Key customers and/or suppliers will be affected by the disaster?
– How well do we document, keep up-to-date, and test our bc plans?
– What do you do for a day when your web hosting service crashes?
– What are the advantages of cloud hosting over managed hosting?
– Does the building need to be secured against theft vandalism?
– Make decisions about staff in immediate future. layoff?
– Is disaster recovery server in scope?
– How does the drp ties into the erp?
– What is disaster recovery testing?
– What about disaster recovery?
Disaster recovery plan Critical Criteria:
Understand Disaster recovery plan planning and correct Disaster recovery plan management by competencies.
– 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 database disaster recovery plan depends a great deal on being able to determine the risks associated with data loss. What is the impact to your 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?
– 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 are the requirements for continuity of mail services, such as those specified in continuity of operations plans and disaster recovery plans?
– Do we Assess the severity of damages and do we know when damages are enough to warrant activation of all or part of the disaster recovery plan?
– How do departmental (e.g. payroll, financials, student and medical) disaster recovery plans (drp) correlate with the overall erp?
– What actions start the master disaster recovery plan (drp), business recovery plan (brp), and emergency recovery plan (erp)?
– Do Payroll, financials, etc disaster recovery plans (drp) correlate with the overall erp?
– What are the fault tolerance, failover, and disaster recovery plans?
– What are we doing related to disaster recovery planning & programs?
– What are the pros and cons of a cloud disaster recovery plan?
– Has the disaster recovery plan (dr) been created or updated?
– Have we ever invoked our disaster recovery plan?
– Do you have a tested IT disaster recovery plan?
– What does a disaster recovery plan look like?
Firmware Critical Criteria:
Align Firmware results and don’t overlook the obvious.
– 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?
– What tools do you use once you have decided on a Business Continuity Strategy strategy and more importantly how do you choose?
– Who will be responsible for deciding whether Business Continuity Strategy goes ahead or not after the initial investigations?
– How do we Improve Business Continuity Strategy service perception, and satisfaction?
High Availability Critical Criteria:
Experiment with High Availability leadership and use obstacles to break out of ruts.
– What are some of our practices for having application consistent snapshots across multiple persistent storage systems for disaster recovery and or high availability purposes?
– 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?
– Have all basic functions of Business Continuity Strategy been defined?
ISO 22301 Critical Criteria:
Adapt ISO 22301 results and catalog what business benefits will ISO 22301 goals deliver if achieved.
– Can we add value to the current Business Continuity Strategy decision-making process (largely qualitative) by incorporating uncertainty modeling (more quantitative)?
– Does Business Continuity Strategy systematically track and analyze outcomes for accountability and quality improvement?
– How to Secure Business Continuity Strategy?
Information Technology Critical Criteria:
Track Information Technology projects and plan concise Information Technology education.
– 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?
– How do we know that any Business Continuity Strategy analysis is complete and comprehensive?
– 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)?
– What are current Business Continuity Strategy Paradigms?
– How do we keep improving Business Continuity Strategy?
Information security Critical Criteria:
See the value of Information security adoptions and revise understanding of Information security architectures.
– Is the software and application development process based on an industry best practice and is information security included throughout the software development life cycle (sdlc) process?
– Are information security policies, including policies for access control, application and system development, operational, network and physical security, formally documented?
– Does this review include assessing opportunities for improvement, need for changes to the ISMS, review of information security policy & objectives?
– Is mgmt able to determine whether security activities delegated to people or implemented by information security are performing as expected?
– Are information security roles and responsibilities coordinated and aligned with internal roles and external partners?
– What role does communication play in the success or failure of a Business Continuity Strategy project?
– What information security and privacy standards or regulations apply to the cloud customers domain?
– What new services of functionality will be implemented next with Business Continuity Strategy ?
– what is the difference between cyber security and information security?
– Are damage assessment and disaster recovery plans in place?
– Is information security an it function within the company?
– Does your company have an information security officer?
– Is information security managed within the organization?
Managed System Critical Criteria:
Map Managed System adoptions and innovate what needs to be done with Managed System.
– Will new equipment/products be required to facilitate Business Continuity Strategy delivery for example is new software needed?
– Meeting the challenge: are missed Business Continuity Strategy opportunities costing us money?
Microcode Critical Criteria:
Consider Microcode leadership and assess and formulate effective operational and Microcode strategies.
– What business benefits will Business Continuity Strategy goals deliver if achieved?
– How can the value of Business Continuity Strategy be defined?
Quality management Critical Criteria:
Experiment with Quality management goals and point out Quality management tensions in leadership.
– How important is Business Continuity Strategy to the user organizations mission?
– How can you measure Business Continuity Strategy in a systematic way?
– What is the future of Data Quality management?
– Quality management -are clients satisfied?
Resilience Critical Criteria:
Check Resilience goals and test out new things.
– 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?
– 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?
– Have the types of risks that may impact Business Continuity Strategy been identified and analyzed?
– What level of service resilience and backup is provided within the service?
– 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:
Check Risk management governance and find the essential reading for Risk management researchers.
– Does your company provide end-user training to all employees on Cybersecurity, either as part of general staff training or specifically on the topic of computer security and company policy?
– Do you participate in sharing communication, analysis, and mitigation measures with other companies as part of a mutual network of defense?
– Has Cybersecurity been identified in the physical security plans for the assets, reflecting planning for a blended cyber/physical attack?
– Are legal and regulatory requirements regarding Cybersecurity, including privacy and civil liberties obligations, understood and managed?
– Have you broken down your risks into the COSO ERM categories: Strategic, Financial Reporting, Operating and Regulatory?
– Have you broken down your risks into the COSO ERM categories: Strategic, Financial Reporting, Operating and Regulatory?
– Do you have a clear management framework or a document that describes the governance of your organization?
– How does the enterprise deal with negative outcomes, i.e., loss events or missed opportunities?
– How do we define and assess risk generally and Cybersecurity risk specifically?
– Who in your organization is responsible for developing risk management policy?
– When you need advice about enterprise Risk Management, whom do you call?
– To what extent are you involved in ITRM at your company?
– Does your company have a formal ITRM function?
– Why do you want risk management?
– How Do We Categorize Risk?
– Risk mitigation: how far?
– Who are valid users?
– What Makes Cyber Risk Special?
– How do we categorize risk?
Service level agreement Critical Criteria:
Map Service level agreement failures and assess and formulate effective operational and Service level agreement strategies.
– Do you really care about the Service Level Agreement sla of your underlying cloud platform paas or iaas?
– How will the SLA be terminated if either party wants to terminate either for cause or for convenience?
– What kinds of applications are expected or legally required to offer a sla Service Level Agreement?
– What is the impact of changing my suppliers and/or their SLAs on my capabilities to meet my SLAs?
– How will the agreement be terminated at the end of the initial term of the SLA?
– Does the provider offer any form of Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees?
– What actions will be taken in the event of a serious disruption?
– Availability of a machine, service, particular operation?
– What does off-site mean in your organization?
– What PMO services are included in this SLA?
– How will incidents be documented or logged?
– Who is accountable for service delivery?
– What is the problem escalation process?
– What services are NOT included?
– How many copies are required?
– What is Data Protection?
– How do I write an SLA?
– Who prepares the SLA?
– What is Out of Scope?
Subnetwork Critical Criteria:
Accommodate Subnetwork management and shift your focus.
– Record-keeping requirements flow from the records needed as inputs, outputs, controls and for transformation of a Business Continuity Strategy process. ask yourself: are the records needed as inputs to the Business Continuity Strategy process available?
– Think about the kind of project structure that would be appropriate for your Business Continuity Strategy project. should it be formal and complex, or can it be less formal and relatively simple?
– Will Business Continuity Strategy deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?
Volume Group Critical Criteria:
Learn from Volume Group quality and explore and align the progress in Volume Group.
Workload Management Critical Criteria:
Participate in Workload Management adoptions and get out your magnifying glass.
– 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?
– At what point will vulnerability assessments be performed once Business Continuity Strategy is put into production (e.g., ongoing Risk Management after implementation)?
– What will drive Business Continuity Strategy change?
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:
Module 4. Business Continuity Strategy Development
Disaster Recovery Plan | Business Continuity Strategy
Establishing Your Business Continuity Strategy – …
Business continuity External links:
What is business continuity? | The BCI
Login – Business Continuity Office
Business continuity planning External links:
Business Continuity Planning Suite | Ready.gov
Business Continuity Planning Flashcards | Quizlet
Business Continuity Planning – BCP
Change management External links:
CDT Releases Organizational Change Management and …
ADKAR Change Management Model Overview & …
Change management experts -Change Management …
Contingency management External links:
[PPT]Contingency Management: Past, Present and Future
Contingency management (Book, 1975) [WorldCat.org]
[PDF]Contingency Management of System 463L Pallets and …
Data center automation External links:
IT Automation Solutions – Data Center Automation | NetApp
Data Center Automation | Mumbai | Sunrise Consulting
SuperVision Software provides Data Center Automation
Data recovery External links:
Best Android Data Recovery Software in 2017 for Windows …
Data recovery – support.microsoft.com
Digital continuity External links:
Digital Continuity: The Holy Grail | QUMAS
Disaster recovery External links:
National Disaster Recovery Framework | FEMA.gov
SCDRO – South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office
Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund
Disaster recovery plan External links:
[PDF]DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN – Fayetteville State …
IT Disaster Recovery Plan | Ready.gov
Firmware External links:
Download Foscam Firmware
AdvancedTomato :: Open Source Broadcom Firmware
Software and Firmware Downloads | WD Support
High Availability External links:
Configure a Virtual Machine for High Availability
High Availability Replication Software | EVault & DoubleTake
High Availability Solutions for Business Data | Carbonite
ISO 22301 External links:
ISO 22301 Business Continuity | BSI America
Business Continuity Management System. ISO 22301. | Udemy
Information Technology External links:
OHIO: Office of Information Technology |About Email
Rebelmail | UNLV Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Umail | University Information Technology Services
Information security External links:
[PDF]TITLE: INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT …
Title & Settlement Information Security
Managed System External links:
Managed System Support SLA | IST – Platform Infrastructure
Microcode External links:
Notes on Intel Microcode Updates – Inertia War
linux – What is Intel microcode? – Stack Overflow
Quality management External links:
Quality Management Training Solutions from BSI
abaqis® | Quality Management System
Resilience External links:
Resilience Trumps Aces – Children’s Resilience Initiative
Risk management External links:
Risk Management Jobs – Apply Now | CareerBuilder
Risk Management – ue.org
20 Best Title:(risk Management Manager) jobs (Hiring …
Service level agreement External links:
[PDF]Service Level Agreement (SLA) Frequently Asked …
What is a Service Level Agreement? | Palo Alto Networks
[PDF]Standard Service Level Agreement Form
Subnetwork External links:
News – IASP New IASP Industry 4.0 subnetwork
subnetwork – Wiktionary
Volume Group External links:
DECN: aix lvm volume group migrations – Dell EMC
Workload Management External links:
Workload Management – Back Office Optimization | Genesys
[PDF]Caseload and Workload Management – Child Welfare