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(BCP Analysis Overview)

Due to constant organizational changes, BCP Analysis is the most important phase in Business Continuity Planning but is often overlooked during many deployments. We can't over-emphasize the importance of having a current view of your organization's systems and departmental structure before implementing an effective BCP strategy.  When completed successfully, you will be well on your way to a successful BCP deployment.

The analysis phase accomplishes three goals: First is to collect all of the information you will need to develop and implement an effective Business Continuity Plan in your organization. Second is to identify potentially hazardous vulnerabilities or unsafe practices in your organization's day-to-day operations. Third, and equally important, is to present a more detailed BCP strategy to senior management.

The BCP Analysis Phase includes the following:

Stage 1 - Operational Analysis: Identify potentially harmful vulnerabilities, network attack vectors and business practices that are present in your day-to-day operations.

Stage 2 - Risk Analysis: Identify potential disasters and risks that present a threat to your operational continuity.

Stage 3 - Business Impact Analysis: An organizational assessment at the Business Unit level to identify costs linked to failures, such as loss of cash flow, replacement of equipment, salaries paid to catch up with a backlog of work, loss of profits, and other considerations deemed critical by senior management and the BCP Committee.