Business Continuity Strategy and Plan Development

“You cannot predict the next crisis that your business may face, but you can be prepared for it once you have put your business continuity strategy and plans in place”
1. Overview

The Seven Step Consulting Business Continuity Blueprint is a framework for developing Business Continuity (BC) strategy and plans to minimize disruption, when unplanned events significantly interrupt normal business. Our Business Continuity experts help your organization take a strategic approach to making your enterprise more resilient and significantly enhance your ability to respond and recover from a range of disruptive events.

The Seven Step Consulting Business Continuity Blueprint is comprehensive plan of action to meet your business continuity requirements and maintain the critical business functions during a disaster. It is designed to deliver simple, pragmatic and user-friendly plans and processes for your organization to assist you in developing optimal business continuity and disaster recovery strategies. The selection of the appropriate BC strategy will be determined by the Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) of the business functions.

2. Approach

Seven Step Consulting Business Continuity Blueprint provides your organization the strategy framework approved by your leadership team of preventive (mitigation) strategies, crisis response strategies and recovery strategies that must be carried out between the occurrence of a disaster and the time when normal operations are restored. We develop your BC strategy and plans, based on the result of the BIA, done to qualify and quantify exposures of your organization’s operation. Appropriate recovery strategies are then formulated for the resumption of critical functions identified as having significant impacts on your organization.

When we work with you to develop your business continuity strategy, we help you in defining any and all risks that can affect the company’s operations, making it an important part of the organization’s risk management strategy. Risks may include natural disasters—fire, flood, or weather-related events—and cyber-attacks.

Once the risks are identified, the business continuity plan shall also include:

  • Determining how those risks will affect operations
  • Implementing safeguards and procedures to mitigate the risks
  • Testing procedures to ensure they work
  • Reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date

With established leadership and expertise Seven Step Consulting provides complete Business Continuity Strategy Design and Development in implementing BCMS for any industry. Our clients spread are across multiple industry domains and geographies, adding to the wealth of experience and knowledge that our consultants bring to the table for BCMS is unparalleled.

3. Benefits

Our Business continuity strategy and planning services shall help you:

  1. keep your business as usual during and after an incident
  2. recover operations more quickly after interruptions
  3. reduce costs and duration of any disruption
  4. mitigate risks and financial exposure
  5. build customer confidence and trust
  6. safeguard your company reputation
  7. develop confidence within the business
  8. ensure compliance with industry standards
  9. comply with regulatory or legal requirements
  10. insure against otherwise unacceptable risks
  11. save lives, if dangerous events (such as a fire) occur
  12. cultivate and establish a resilient organizational culture
4. Deliverables

Seven Step Consulting Business Continuity Blueprint follows the best practices from the BCM and related domains, such as ISO 22301 and NCEMA 7000 (in the UAE) in our approach and method. In the ISO22301:2019 BCMS standard, this phase is now renamed as “Business Continuity Strategy and Solutions”.

Some key deliverables and outcomes of the exercise include:

    1. Pre-Planning Activities (Project Initiation)
    2. Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
    3. Plan Framework
    4. Disaster Scenarios
    5. Recommendation on Recovery Planning Software (if applicable)
    6. Implementation of Recovery Planning Software (if applicable)
    7. Business Impact Analysis & Business Impact Assessment Report
    8. Detailed Definition of Requirements
    9. Plan Development
    10. Datacentre Recovery Plan
    11. Initial Plan Testing and Implementation
    12. Testing Program including Testing Goals, Strategies and Procedures
    13. Maintenance Program & Procedures
    14. Change Management Recommendations

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