Develop a Business Continuity Plan for Higher Education

Streamline the traditional approach to make BCP development manageable and repeatable.


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Without a streamlined approach to BCP:

  • Accessing required input from multiple business unit stakeholders can be challenging.
  • Months go by without any actionable deliverables.
  • Competing priorities derail the project.

Create an actionable BCP with a streamlined process:

  • Work with one business unit at a time to carve the task into manageable pieces.
  • Focus on the areas most in need of improvement.
  • Leverage functional deliverables from the pilot as a foundation for the rest of the organization’s BCP.

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Module 1: Define BCP Scope, Objectives, and Stakeholders

The Purpose

Define BCP scope, objectives, and stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

Prioritize BCP efforts and level-set scope with key stakeholders.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Assess current BCP maturity.
  • BCP Maturity Scorecard: measure progress and identify gaps.
1.2 Identify key business processes to include in scope.
  • Business process flowcharts: review, optimize, and knowledge-transfer processes.
1.3 Flowchart key business processes to Identify business processes, dependencies, and alternatives.
  • Identify workarounds for common disruptions for day-to-day continuity.

Module 2: Define RTOs and RPOs Based on Your BIA

The Purpose

Define RTOs and RPOs based on your BIA.

Key Benefits Achieved

Set recovery targets based on business impact, and illustrate the importance of BCP efforts via the impact of downtime.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Define an objective scoring scale to indicate different levels of impact.
  • BCP Business Impact Analysis: objective scoring scale to assess cost, goodwill, compliance, and safety impacts.
2.2 Estimate the impact of downtime.
  • Apply the scoring scale to estimate the impact of downtime on business processes.
2.3 Determine acceptable RTO/RPO targets for business processes based on business impact.
  • Acceptable RTOs/RPOs to dictate recovery strategy.

Module 3: Create a Recovery Workflow

The Purpose

Create a recovery workflow.

Key Benefits Achieved

Build an actionable, high-level recovery workflow that can be adapted to a variety of different scenarios.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Conduct a tabletop exercise to determine current recovery procedures.
  • Recovery flow diagram – current and future state.
  • Identify gaps and recovery risks.
3.2 Identify and prioritize projects to close gaps and mitigate recovery risks.
  • Create a project roadmap to close gaps.
3.3 Evaluate options for command centers and alternate business locations (i.e. BC site).
  • Evaluate requirements for alternate business sites.

Module 4: Extend the Results of the Pilot BCP and Implement Governance

The Purpose

Extend the results of the pilot BCP and implement governance.

Key Benefits Achieved

Outline the actions required for the rest of your BCMS, and the required effort to complete those actions, based on the results of the pilot.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Summarize the accomplishments and required next steps to create an overall BCP.
  • Pilot BCP Executive Presentation
4.2 Identify required BCM roles.
  • Business Continuity Team Roles & Responsibilities
4.3 Create a plan to update and maintain your overall BCP.
  • Maintenance plan and BCP templates to complete the relevant documentation (BC Policy, BCP Action Items, Recovery Workflow, etc.)
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