Suffolk Ready: Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a process that collects resources, actions, procedures, and information to ensure that Suffolk University continues to operate under adverse circumstances. It focuses on the business functions that are critical to the University's success. Suffolk Ready is our organized toolkit that helps us develop our BCP plans.

What Business Continuity Planning Does

  • Safeguards human life
  • Sustains essential departmental functions under negative circumstances
  • Increases survivability of critical equipment and records
  • Minimizes business damage and loss
  • Steers orderly response and recovery from incidents
  • Supports survivability of the University

How We Develop Business Continuity Plans

The BCP process starts with each department entering the following information in the user-friendly Suffolk Ready website:

Identify Critical Functions

  • Identify and list your department’s critical functions
  • Identify and list key personnel who perform those functions
  • Identify and list resources required to perform those functions
  • Rank the criticality of functions according to a scale standardized for use across the University

Perform an Impact analysis

  • Identify the peak period for each identified function
  • Identify and list other departments whose reduced functioning would seriously impair your department’s ability to perform each critical function
  • Identify other departments that would be seriously impacted if your department could not perform an identified critical function
  • Identify consequences of failure of each critical function

Develop Business Resumption Strategies

  • Identify strategies to overcome various conditions that may be present in the weeks or months following an incident so that your department can continue to perform identified critical functions (examples: prolonged loss of workspace due to a fire, or 50% reduction in staff for six weeks due to an influenza pandemic)

Test Your Business Continuity Plan

The steps above are the basis for your BCP. The final step is to work with the emergency manager to test your plan for effectiveness and to identify any areas that may need further review and revision.