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Comprehensive BIA & BCP: Including Processes and Mini-Disasters

Written by  J. LEHR MCKENZIE, Ph.D.

Many business continuity practitioners approach business impact analysis (BIA) and business continuity planning (BCP) from the perspective of business cessation. They define the cessation only based on the failure of the information technology (IT) systems. When approached in this manner, the BCP becomes very narrow with the sole focus on recovering the IT system. However, even the best IT system without people, processes, and infrastructure may not be enough to sustain business. There has been much written recently about the need for the expansion of the BIA and BCP to include people and infrastructure. However, while no one would argue these are not necessary for a complete BCP, one could make the argument they are not sufficient. They may be insufficient on two counts: organizations ongoing operations are dependent on four factors not three and the organization may incur significant financial loss or business cessation based on the interruption of