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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict the future? You would know what stocks to invest in, what sports team was going win, and what lottery numbers to play. It sure would make life easy, wouldn’t it?! Well, unfortunately we can’t, so we are going to have to keep working hard, researching the best investments, and doing a lot of guessing, hoping, and praying.
Business Continuity Planning has some similarities. We must research and work hard to develop a BCP that protects us if something that can negatively impact our organization should take place. We also will be doing a lot of hoping and praying that a disastrous situation does not occur. The difference with Business Continuity Planning is that we do have the ability to predict the future!
A Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is a process that allows us to identify critical business functions and predict the consequences a disruption of one of those functions would have. It also allows us to gather information needed to develop recovery strategies and limit the potential loss.
Completing a BIA will assess the risks of a disaster on the organization. It will allow for each department within your organization to explain and discuss how an unexpected event would affect their business function. This will then help your organization prioritize specific functions through the use of Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO).
Consider the Impact
The BIA will identify the operational and financial impacts resulting from the disruption of business functions and processes. Impacts to consider include: