Business Continuity is a process which must emanate from the top management down. Unfortunately it so often originates from top management but is left to other management levels and more often has a low priority in terms of budget and time constraints. More probable in most disruptive scenarios is the likelihood that senior management, unaware of the planning benefits will instinctively take control and ignore all planning objectives developed to safeguard or defend the assumed critical components of the business.
Of equal importance to the plan is the management and more often than not, plans fail because they are out of date. Typical failure points include:
· HR records and contact details
· Supply chain details
· Stakeholder directives and requirements
· Business Impact analysis focal points
· Incident Response directives
The objective must be to identify shortfalls and add benefit to the plan architect who should embrace the audit from a third party. We provide this audit facility to all levels of the supply chain and in compliance with BS 25999.