Implementing the Business Continuity Plan
It is an accomplishment indeed when the BCP documentation has been written, reviewed, edited, and placed into three-ring binders. However, the job isn’t yet done. The Business Continuity Plan needs senior management buy-in, the plan must be announced and socialized throughout the organization, and one or more persons must be dedicated to keeping the plan up-to-date. Oh yeah, and the plan needs to be tested!
Securing senior management approval
After the entire plan has been documented and reviewed by all stakeholders, it’s time for senior management to examine it and approve it. Not only must senior management approve the plan, but senior management must also publicly approve it. By “public” we don’t mean the general public; instead, we mean that senior management should make it well known inside the business that they support the Business Continuity Planning process.
Promoting organizational awareness
Everyone in the organization needs to know about the plan and his or her role in it. You may need to establish training for potentially large numbers of people who need to be there when a disaster strikes.