This guide provides an overview of business continuity planning (BCP), including the objectives and approaches.
BCP is the development of strategies, plans and actions which provide protection or alternative modes of operation for those activities or business processes which, if they were to be interrupted, might otherwise bring about a seriously damaging or potentially fatal loss to the enterprise. Objectives include: satisfy audit or regulatory requirements, rebuild the infrastructure, resume business activities, and maintain continuity in customer service. BCP focuses on critical business processes such as manufacturing, sales/order entry, payroll, delivery, client communication, employee safety and accounting finance. This type of planning focuses threats such as acts of nature, external man-made events, internal unintentional events and internal intentional events.