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When faced with emergencies that cause business interruptions, protecting people, assets, and facilities is top priority, and business continuity is paramount to minimize financial loss and maintain support to your customers. Advanced strategic planning to protect and maintain ongoing business functions is crucial.
Organizations must invest time and resources in Business Continuity Planning to protect critical business functions and physical, information, and personnel assets under a range of circumstances.
Current best practices in business continuity planning include the following:
Consider the following questions to determine whether there might be room for improvement in your Business Continuity Plan.
If these questions reveal gaps in your resiliency strategy, the following tips on "Strengthening Your Business Continuity Plan" and "Next Steps" can help you develop a more effective business continuity plan.
* Public Law 110-53 entitled "Implemented Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007," enacted by Congress, directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement its provisions regarding the need for companies to establish corporate continuity plans within a 24- to 36-month deadline.
A Business Continuity Plan's goal is to identify an enterprise's exposure to threats—internally and externally—and optimize assets (personnel, equipment, and systems) to ensure seamless business continuity and minimize financial loss in the event threats are realized. The plan should accomplish the following:
After the concept and design stages of your Business Continuity Plan, these are next steps in the development of an effective plan:
Analysis of company assets, infrastructure, security measures, and management and communication processes is required to adequately determine the best course of action for Business Continuity Planning. Third party resources, whether sourced through your contract security services provider, cyber security company, or public relations firm, can often assist with planning, recovery, and communication strategies that complement your Business Continuity Plan.
U.S. Security Associates advises clients to develop a blended and complementary program that is based on an "All Risks" assessment. "Disaster and Emergency Management," "Business Continuity," and "Crisis Management" are distinct but related risk mitigation strategies that should be coordinated. Our Consulting and Investigations Division, with long-standing alliance partnerships that specialize in cyber-security and crisis management, offers single-source consultation and planning support as well as disaster, emergency, and crisis response services. U.S. Security Associates provides a comprehensive approach to security and risk mitigation, integrating uniformed security services and consulting and investigation services with expertise in intellectual property protection, executive protection, emergency response, and crisis management to assist with business continuity planning and support.
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