Orbit help organisations prepare practical business continuity plans to ensure they can respond and recover quickly from potentially catastrophic events.
The latest BCI Horizon Scan (2019) lists the top current threats as:
Cyber attack and data breach
IT and telecom outage
Critical infrastructure failure
These threats could have a devastating impact on normal service provision and general operational effectiveness. They could lead to irreparable loss of systems, injury or loss of life. A carefully developed Business Continuity Plan will support the organisation during the critical first hours/days and should ensure that services are restored before significant harm is inflicted.
Most organisations now recognise the importance of Business Continuity Planning and many of their customers and other stakeholders now require evidence that they have a Business Continuity Plan.
However, developing a fit-for-purpose and effective Business Continuity Plan is challenging and often results in over-complicated and vague documentation.
Most organisations do not have the in-house expertise or time to write effective plans and off-the-shelf toolkits may be tempting but are definitely not the answer.
Business continuity strategy development
Business impact analysis (BIA)
The BIA is one of the most important elements of effective Business Continuity Planning. If you do not get this right, or miss it entirely, then you may pursue the wrong strategy, plan the recovery of the wrong services and your recovery timescales (RTOs) may also be wrong.
Business continuity plan development
Exercising your plan
We can advise, support and even participate in suitable business continuity tests and exercises. Ranging from limited discussion-based exercising to full scale live exercises involving the whole organisation.