Business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) are integral parts of an information security and ISO 27001 planning in every organisation. If it hadn’t been for a solid BC and DR planning many companies would fail in the current economic and technology climate. A good business continuity plan will keep your company up and running through threats of any kind: power failures, IT systems crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.
Business Continuity in India
Maintaining solid and continuous business operations in India is highly important. Organisations need to be aware of the possibility of natural disasters and calamities in many areas of India. For instance, the east coast, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal are prone to hurricanes (typhoons) during the Fall season. Heavy rains of the summer monsoon can disrupt operations and transportations in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and others. Northern India is seismically active and high rise construction of the last 20 years has yet to be subject to a magnitude 8 temblor!
Some cities are more prone to strikes and political disruptions, which can also contribute to instability of business operations. These might be more likely preceding state elections or periods of inflation. The face of global terrorism sometimes strikes major cities including Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. Conflict with Pakistan can disrupt commerce on the northwestern border areas as well as in such locations as Amritsar, Jammu or Jaisalmer.
Additionally, cyber criminals and corporate espionage agencies intent on harvesting corporate data, interrupting corporate business, or compromising corporate computers and networks to launch attacks on other networks are immensely creative, and readily adapt to defensive measures. Cyber criminals and espionage agencies are constantly watching for small oversights in a corporate network infrastructure that will give them the opportunity they need. Some of the most common mistakes include:
- Failure to maintain the corporation’s online identifiers
- Neglect of security-related software patches and updates
- Poor handling of sensitive data, including the failure to deploy encryption when necessary
- Sacrificing security for convenience
Examples are countless!
BS25999 – Business Continuity Best Practice Standard
BS25999 (which replaced PAS56 on 27 November 2006) is the best practice standard for business continuity plans and every organisation should, for its own survival, follow as much of the BS25999 guidance as is appropriate for its specific circumstances.
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