Business Impact and Risk Assessment

The purpose of a Business Impact and Risk Assessment is to determine the approximate business value of IT assets, to assess the impact the loss of those assets would have on business units, and to assign recovery priorities to the assets.

The Business Impact and Risk Assessment involves seven steps:

  1. Assess threats and risks.
  2. Assess data center vulnerabilities.
  3. Document DRP basics.
  4. Assign value to IT assets.
  5. Assign prioritization to assets.
  6. Determine costs versus risk tradeoff.
  7. Maintain risk plans.

When a Business Impact and Risk Assessment is completed, you will have a complete list of the risks specific to each IT asset, as well as risk reports and profiles for the business impact analysis. Consider revisiting your Business Impact and Risk Assessment annually.

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FastTrack Activity
Word Document Business Impact and Risk Assessment FastTrack
 
Inventory Corporate Assets
Word Document Corporate Asset Inventory
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Identify Threats/Risks Specific to Assets
Word Document Potential Risk Checklists
 
Identify Existing Mitigation
Word Document DRP Operational Analysis
 
Summarize the Operational Analysis
Word Document Operational Analysis Summary
 
Conduct An Audit of the Data Center
Excel Document Data Center Security Audit
Excel Document Data Center Security Audit (Core)
 
Conduct Probability Assessments
Word Document Data Center Risk Probabilities
 
Document Business Structure and Key Stakeholders
Excel Document Disaster Recovery Planning Workbook
Word Document Call Tree
 
Plan Against Downtime/Loss of Asset
Word Document Downtime Policy
 
Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
Excel Document Risk and Business Impact Analysis Worksheet
Word Document Technical Risk Analysis Report
  1. How to Calculate Downtime
Prioritize Recovery by Impact to Business Units
Word Document Business Unit Prioritization
  1. Calculate IRR to Quickly Prioritize Lengthy Project Lists
Document Prioritized Recovery List
Word Document Recovery Prioritization Meeting
 
Create Asset-Specific Risk Reports
Word Document Asset Risk Report
 
Conduct ROI Studies
Excel Document Mitigation Project ROI & Prioritization Tool
Excel Document Return on Security Investment Calculator
  1. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator
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  3. Cost/Benefit Analysis Tool
Document, Track, and Manage Risks
Excel Document Request Trend and Analysis Tool
 
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