Project Management

Business, Interrupted

Melissa Stephan

A Business Continuity Plan is a weapon against costly downtime caused by unforeseen events. But what do you do about the 'enemies within' that can threaten a successful implementation?

A struggling economy has put many projects on hold across all types of industries, but security-related projects are not among them in these times of heightened alert. More than ever, companies realize that a business continuity plan (BCP) must go beyond protecting the basics such as mainframes and data.


BCPs are guardians of the bottom line, and that means all business areas should be part of the plan. A BCP must contain policies, operating procedures, controls and predetermined plans to respond to any major interruption so that critical business functions can continue.


If you're spearheading your company's BCP efforts-be it maintaining a part of the plan such as disaster recovery or integrating it into existing processes-you've got a lot on your shoulders. But the biggest threat to your continuity efforts could come from within your own company.


Sticker Shock

"Any time we have an event like the  World Trade Center tragedy, we get a lot of interest. But when many companies get the assessment and see how bad things are and the cost for removing the risks, it stops them cold," says Benny Taylor, president of the Disaster Recovery …

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