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The BCP Maintenance Challenge

Written by  Geoffrey H. Wold, CPA, CMA, CMC, CDP, CSP, CISA, CFSA, CIRM; Tina L. Vick, CBCP, CFSA

Maintaining the business continuity plan is a challenge for every organization. An accurate and up-to-date business continuity plan can directly affect the recovery capabilities and recovery windows of the organization. However, many plans have not been properly maintained, are out-of-date, and therefore of limited value. This article describes effective methods for maintaining the plan from the development of the initial document through the distribution and maintenance processes. Initial Plan DevelopmentConsiderable effort and time are necessary to develop the initial plan. However, business continuity plans can be difficult to use and become outdated quickly. Effective documentation and procedures are extremely important in a business continuity plan. Poorly written procedures can be extremely frustrating and difficult to use and maintain. Well-written plans reduce the time required to read and understand the procedures, and therefore, result in a better chance of success if the plan has to be used. Well-written plans can also significantly