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  1. Business Continuity Toolkit Plan Development – Guidance Version 1.4 – November 2010

  2. Acknowledgement The University of Exeter’s Business Continuity Toolkit has been developed in collaboration with Back2business Ltd. We are grateful to Mark Nicholas, (Commercial Director, Stem Group) for sharing his expertise and providing the framework for these toolkit resources.

  3. Contents Introduction & Context Business Continuity Planning Plan Template Recovery Priorities & Requirements BC Strategies 1 2 3 4 5

  4. Introduction & Context This slide deck is intended to accompany the Business Continuity Plan for additional guidance purposes, in order to assist with the development of departmental plans. It also references the ‘Risk, BIA & Strategy’ spreadsheet which once completed, should provide sufficient levels of detail to populate the relevant plan areas. 1

  5. The Business Continuity Process Risk & BIA Framework Agree timeframes, metrics (RTO, RPO), define critical functions Discuss & explore potential strategies and solutions IT Office & Admin Functions Framework for Incident Response and Continuity Plans Other Review provided data – e.g. IT DR Statement 1

  6. Introduction & Context (3) Where we are now What we need you to do Complete Risk, BIA & Strategy information to cover gaps in the plans Provide Recovery Timeframes (RTO) Provide recovery profile for people over time Identify Applications & Systems 1

  7. BC Planning is defined as… Business Continuity Planning is the process of advanced planning and preparation to protect against potential loss by formulating and implementing viable strategies and to document them in the form of a plan. A BC plan is a documented collection of resources, procedures, tasks, strategy and information that is developed, compiled and maintained in readiness for use following an incident, or crisis situation. Remember, this is a living document! 2

  8. Where does my Business Continuity Plan fit in?Structure, Roles and Responsibilities (An example) S T R A T E G I C INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM LEADER DIR COMMS DIR AS DIR PERS DIR CaS SNR DPTY VC ED T A C T I C A L DEPTY DIR COMMS LEGAL ASST DIR IT H o PROPY SERVS LIBRARY STUDENT SERVS INTERN’L OFFICE TECH & INFRASTR SECURITY CONFS & RETAIL O P E R A T N L H&S FACILITIES NETWORKS HELP DESK TRANSP’RT REGISTRY ACAD’MICS ACCOMMO-DATION ELEC ENGR LAB TECH’NS 2 Gold Incident Response Plan Silver Business Continuity Plans Bronze Operational/ Business As Usual Processes See slide notes for more information

  9. Business Continuity Plan – Roles BC Team Leader/Plan Owner Deputies, possibly 1 or 2 depending on number of functions/activities BC Team Members There is no need to include all recovered staff in the team plan, just those involved in the recovery activities 3

  10. Business Continuity Plan – Template Guidance Text within template which is currently in Italicswill need to be Replaced with your own information Or deleted, as it is for guidance purposes only Plans need to exist for the most appropriate business critical activities Guideline should be from ‘Immediate’ to 5/8 days. Anything beyond this will be a judgement call on whether strategies or recovery procedures are required by you Simplify or combine Activities or Processes where appropriate (there is no need to list every process/activity as per the BIA feedback – be sensible, as this plan needs to be meaningful and usable!) Collaborate and collude with other depts & functions where necessary, e.g. where a process crosses several functions 3

  11. Business Continuity PlanRecovery Priorities & Requirements Section 3 of the Plan Template. List Business Critical Activities for function/dept – here you should reference the ‘Risk, BIA & Strategy’ spreadsheet where you should find completed; RTO’s & RPO for Colleges / Departments critical functions & activities Application and Systems for each critical activity (Delete Italic directions in plan once finished) Note: any resources, procedures or strategies which are put forward by plan owners will be considered by Insurance & Business Continuity Services to ensure that there are no grey areas or overlaps. 4

  12. Business Continuity Plan – Strategy Development From ‘Do Nothing’ to ‘Do Everything’ Which Strategies are cost effective? Will require time to implement, cost more or a lot, easy wins Consider the sliding scale from localised problems to Worst Case Scenario (e.g. Denial of Access to Campus/College/Building) Consider staff, IT (applications & data), lecture resources, facilities, specialised equipment For more strategy options – please refer to next slide 5

  13. Business Continuity Plan – Recovery Strategies What Strategies could you employ for people? Working from home? Working from 3rd party? (supplier, partner, specialist provider) What Strategies could you employ for IT? Broadband, Dongle, telephony, VPN, Laptop Backup/replicated systems, remote access, cold start up What Strategies could you employ for Processes/Activities? Manual workarounds, paper based systems Outsource, reciprocal agreements Consider running a strategy workshop to develop viable options Populate Section 4 of the Plan with these options and those derived in the Risk, BIA & Strategy options spreadsheet. See Crisis Definition table overleaf > 5

  14. Business Continuity Plan – Recovery Strategies As defined for Incident Declaration purposes. Consider if your plan would address the relevant scenarios for Levels 2 & 3 Challenge any assumptions 5

  15. Next Steps Start the BIA Come to the clinics in December and January for support Complete your plans Carry out an exercise (this can be fun!) Review content Strategies, requirements and resources Feasibility ‘Fitness for Purpose’

  16. For further guidance and support,please email or call:Sue Dummettbuscont@ex.ac.uk01392 72 5768