An example would be the business impact analysis component of a BCP program.
Critical services or products are those that must be delivered to ensure survival, avoid causing injury, and meet legal or other obligations of an organization.
Recognizing that some services or products must be continuously delivered without interruption, there has been a shift from Business Resumption Planning to Business Continuity Planning.
A business continuity plan enables critical services or products to be continually delivered to clients.
Once the critical services or products are identified, they must be prioritized based on minimum acceptable delivery levels and the maximum period of time the service can be down before severe damage to the organization results.
To determine the ranking of critical services, information is required to determine impact of a disruption to service delivery, loss of revenue, additional expenses and intangible losses.
To determine the loss of revenue, it is necessary to determine which processes and functions that support service or product delivery are involved with the creation of revenue.
If these processes and functions are not performed, is revenue lost? If services or goods cannot be provided, would the organization lose revenue?
Additional benefits include improvement in overall organizational efficiency and identifying the relationship of assets and human and financial resources to critical services and deliverables.
Every organization is at risk from potential disasters that include: A BCP contains a governance structure often in the form of a committee that will ensure senior management commitments and define senior management roles and responsibilities.