Business continuity is a major component of risk management.
The Business Continuity Survey provides an independent, comprehensive
professional review of the protocols in place to ensure that companies
will have as complete and prompt a recovery as possible in the event of
a disruptive event.
The primary objective is to determine whether adequate controls, processes,
policies and procedures are in place and in effect for IT related areas.
We determine whether your company's policies and procedures provide reasonable
assurance that the data processing objectives would be achieved and that
undesirable events could be prevented or detected, and, if detected, corrected.
Additionally we evaluate whether your company has adequate written and
approved policies and procedures for the control over and authorized access
to IT related assets and data. A further objective is to determine whether
physical security and environmental protection are adequate to safeguard
IT related assets.
To determine the survey scope and objectives, we conduct pre-survey work
that includes obtaining and recording an understanding of your company's
operations, reviewing certain internal controls, and interviewing key
personnel regarding the IT environment.
Our survey will include procedures for data collection, observation,
enquiry and analysis. Five key areas will be evaluated: (1) general IT
policies, procedures and controls; (2) recovery strategy and procedures
for implementation; (3) backup and recovery processes and procedures;
(4) network and computer environment; and (5) general office environment.
Our report will include the findings from the review together with our
recommendations for such corrective actions as may be appropriate in the
In our Business Continuity Survey, we will obtain an understanding of
your company's IT operations through a series of non-technical questions
delivered to management. We visually inspect the office environment, all
servers and workstations. To assist in our review we use checklists and
We will deliver our service in four phases:
- Phase one will include obtaining a knowledge of your business, general
systems information and areas deemed critical to continuing operations.
- Phase two will be an in-depth review of your IT area and completion
of the continuity survey.
- Phase three will be the production of a comprehensive written report
outlining the survey findings for those areas where it is deemed that
moderate or critical exposure to potential problems exists.
- Phase four will be a formal presentation that will address each issue
raised in our report and help you to prioritize the issues and develop
strategies for the implementation of improved policies and procedures
in your IT area.
You will acquire better understanding of your company's ability to have
as complete and prompt a recovery as possible in the event of a disruptive
event. Results from the Business Continuity Survey can be used in the
development of a properly designed business recovery plan to ensure a
quick and smooth restoration of operations should such an event happen.
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