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Business Continuity Plan ? White House Security Staff




Question;The information to use as a resource for the policy is provided below;(taken from SunGard Availability Services at, limited;use for educational purposes) and also in your reading for the week (See;Appendix 1 for policy information).? Plan purpose: for example, to;allow company personnel to quickly and effectively restore critical;business operations after a disruption.? Plan objective: for example, to identify the processes or steps involved in resuming normal business operations.? Plan scope: for example, the work locations or departments addressed.?;Plan scenarios addressed: for example, loss of a primary work area;loss of IT services for a prolonged period of time, loss of workforce;etc.? Plan assumptions: for example, you may want to call out the;number of work locations impacted at any given time that key personnel;are available for any recovery efforts, or any assumptions you may have;made about vendor or utility service availability. Use the headings;and rationale below to prepare the business continuity plan for the;White House security staff. Go to to obtain;ideas on security concerns.PLAN SECTION: Recovery Strategies and Activities After;the initial introductory section, there are usually a number of;paragraphs about the strategies outlined in the plan, as well as the;specific personnel undertaking the recovery and the recovery activities.;Examples of sections that you may want to consider for your own BC/DR;plan include:Recovery Strategy Summary: In this section, a plan will;typically outline the broad strategies to be followed in each of the;scenarios identified in the plan Introduction section. As an example, if;?loss of work area? is identified as a possible failure scenario, a;potential recovery strategy could be to relocate to a previously;agreed-upon or contracted alternate work location, such as a SunGard;work area recovery center.;Recovery Tasks: This section of the plan;will usually provide a list of the specific recovery activities and;sub-activities that will be required to support each of the strategies;outlined in the previous section. For example, if the strategy is to;relocate to an alternate work location, the tasks necessary to support;that relocation effort could include identifying any equipment needs;providing replacement equipment, re-issuing VPN tokens, declaration of;disaster, and so on.Recovery Personnel: Typically, a BC/DR plan will;also identify the specific people involved in the business continuity;efforts, for example, naming a team lead and an alternate team lead, as;well as the team members associated with any recovery efforts. This;section of the plan will also include their contact information;including work phone, cellphone, and email addresses. Obviously, because;of any potential changes in personnel, the plan will need to be a;?living? document that is updated as personnel/workforce changes are;made.Plan Timeline: Many plans also include a section in the main;body that lays out the steps for activating a plan (usually in the form;of a flow chart). For example, a typical plan timeline might start from;the incident detection, then flow into the activation of the response;team, the establishment of an incident command center, notification of;the recovery team, followed by a decision point around whether or not to;declare a disaster. A plan timeline may also assign the recovery;durations or recovery time objectives required by the business for each;activity in the timeline.Critical Vendors and their RTOs: In this;section, a plan may also list the vendors critical to day-to-day;operations and recovery strategies, as well as any required recovery;time objectives that the vendors must meet in order for the plan to be;successful.Critical Equipment/Resource Requirements: A plan may also;detail the quantity requirements for resources that must be in place;within specified timeframes after plan activation. Examples of resources;listed might include workstations, laptops (both with and without VPN;access), phones, conference rooms, etc.


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