Information Security aspects of Business Continuity Management
Business continuity is a proactive plan to avoid and mitigate risks which might create a disruption in the delivery of service to your customers or abrupt your operations.
Business continuity management outlines the steps should be taken before, during and after an event to maintain the financial viability of an organization. Business continuity management elaborates a framework for identifying organization’s risk of exposure to internal and external threats. BCM includes disaster recovery, business recovery, crisis management, incident management, emergency management and contingency planning.
Information security continuity has to be embedded into the organization’s business continuity management systems(BCMS). An information security continuity plan elucidates the necessary procedure that can be executed on arrival of adverse situations such as a disaster or calamity. The organization needs to establish, document, implement and maintain processes, procedures, and controls to ensure the required level of continuity for information security is achieved during an adverse situation. The organization has to verify & implement appropriate information security continuity controls at regular intervals in order to ensure that they are valid and effective during adverse situations. Also, the organization needs to maintain the redundancy of information processing facilities such as offshore backup systems, data warehouses, etc. to meet the availability requirements. BCMS encompasses all the above factors while creating a business continuity plan.
Thus, Business Continuity Management helps an organization to achieve the following:
- Minimise the effect of a disruption on an organization.
- Reduce the risk of financial loss.
- Retain company brand, image & reputation, and give staff, clients and suppliers confidence in the organization’s services.
- Enable the recovery of critical systems such as facility, data, and assets within an agreed timeframe.
- Meet all legal and statutory obligations.
- Ensures continuous delivery of critical services and products to customers.
- Establish Training programs for the employees about the necessary steps that need to be taken during the time of any unforeseen event.