A BIA is an analysis that assesses the quantitative impact of an incident or interruption on your organization in terms of financial loss & diminished levels of services or products you provide to your customers.
This BIA also measures the qualitative impact that occurs with these event in terms of your business to operate and workforce morale & retention, damage to your brand reputation, legal and regulatory jeopardy that might result.
BIA focuses on the effects or consequences of a possible interruption to critical business functions and systems
Though a thorough BIA involves considerable time to complete, the time spent during a properly conducted BIA can provide the structure that leads to solid and timely recovery from interruptions that often put other organizations out of business.
Business Impact Ananysis (BIA) and Risk Assessments (RA) help identify what threats you're facing and well as performing a comprehensive inventory of hardware, applications, suppliers and company personnel.
Which offices and which departments are most critical and in which order they are restored
Which network infrastructure & applications are mission critical for operations and how many in each department are needed initially to resume business operations
Provide executive management with a list of prioritized business functions and staff requirements
Estimates of Maximum Tolerable Downtime (MTD), Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) for each business critical process and service
Critical business functions, critical hardware & software dependencies, impact of disruptions and critical resources including suppliers and other 3rd party services
These key components of the BIA process are so important that we have dedicated another seperate page to determining and then meeting these objectives.
The reason these goals are so vital to an effectiave BIA will become immediately apparent as you complete them.
Additional terms and calculations to consider when evaluating existing systems or looking for new equipment:
To ensure you have all areas of your business operations analyzed, we focus on these 5 categories of possible business impact: Systems, Services, Staff, Suppliers and Sites
What systems will be brought back online first and in what order do you restore your equipment; what barebones network can be setup to resume operations
What services will be restored first and in what order will the rest of your operations and departments be brought back online
Your staff is also required to provide crucial data about your company's processes, priorities, applications and work flow details from each department in a questionnaire that is a must for the BIA process
Designate Disaster Recovery Team: Assemble team to monitor plan and be resonsible for its' compliance
What staff will be required during the restore period and as you bring your business back to full operation
For each of these “Five S” categories, mitigate the Business Impacts