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Business Impact Analysis

The first step in a sensible business continuity process is to consider the potential impacts of each type of disaster or event. This is critical - how can you properly plan for a disaster if you have little idea of the likely impacts on your business/organization of the different scenarios?

At a basic level, business impact analysis is a means of systematically assessing the potential impacts resulting from various (unavailability) events or incidents

Commonly, impacts resulting from other types of incident (such as breach of confidentiality or loss of data integrity) are simultaneously explored, but this need not be the case when only considering business continuity planning or disaster recovery. However, there are certainly advantages to undertaking a comprehensive and wider focused exercise.

The business impact analysis, or 'BIA', is intended to help you understand the degree of potential loss (and other undesirable effects) which could occur. This will cover not just direct financial loss, but many other issues, such as loss of customer confidence, reputational damage, regulatory effects, and so on.

An Introduction to Business Impact Analysis & Risk Analysis

This site outlines the theory in reasonable detail

Having a sound bases of understanding of the potential consequences of an incident and their magnitude, exploration of the events that can lead to these can be sensibly undertaken.


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