Business continuity and disaster planning

Business continuity

Business continuity is the planned activity performed by an organisation to ensure that its critical business functions continue to be available. A typical business continuity plan will include:

  • a list of essential business requirements
  • identified risks and assessment on their impact on the business; and
  • a strategy to respond to, manage and recover from an incident.

Disaster planning

Disaster planning is the discipline of examining physical risks to your records and taking actions to avoid or reduce these risks. A typical disaster plan will include:

  • prevention activities to avoid or reduce disasters occuring to your records
  • preparation activities to reduce the effects a disaster might have on your records
  • response actions when a disaster occurs
  • recovery activities to minimise effects of a disaster on you records.

A disaster plan needs to be regularly reviewed, tested and updated to ensure its effectiveness.

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