Improve your Business Continuity Strategies tip 3 – Vital records

‘When planning for war, I have always found plans to be useless, but planning to be invaluable.’ General Eisenhower

These ten tips will hone your skills at devising business continuity strategies for your organization.

Tip# 3 Ensure that you develop a comprehensive strategy for protecting vital records

Any business continuity strategy must include both electronic and paper vital records. These should have been defined by your organization during the BIA. Compile a list of all vital records within the scope of this plan. Understand your regulatory, statutory or business record retention requirements. Key issues to address are confidentiality, integrity, availability, currency of data and resumption speed. Ensure that senior management accepts the program for vital records retention. Develop system and data back up strategies that will meet the Return Point Objective from the BIA requirements for each critical system identified.

Return tomorrow for our next tip on Business Continuity Strategies.

(For more information on DRI’s professional practices please read Professional Practice One – Program Initiation and Management DRII Professional Practices  June 1, 2012 Version 1)

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