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CISA® Certified Information Systems Auditor®: Study Guide, Third Edition by David Cannon

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Understanding the Five Phases of a Business Continuity Program

Real business continuity reflects a natural evolution of executive scenario planning. The goal is for the organization to survive, even if that means divesting business units, selling product lines, downsizing the staff, or closing less-profitable operations. Programs are sustaining operations, which are intended to last longer than the careers of most people. The first step is to set up the program with a mandate from the highest executive and rally key people to the cause.

Phase 1: Setting Up the BC Program

Every program undergoes an initiation phase with the objective to secure the following:

  • A sponsor to pay for the project
  • A charter to grant responsibility and authority
  • A defined ...

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