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Business Continuity Plans for an Information Security Office
From: James Moore <jhmiso () RIT EDU>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 17:43:41 -0500
I admit that my own business continuity plans were on my "to do" list
for longer than I would like. Does anyone have or know of a template
that I can start with for business continuity planning of the
Information Security Office.
The easy thing is to say that we have to do the same things that we
always do, but differently.
Risk Assessment - Only a subset of functionality will come back on line.
Some will have been reviewed for risk, and others not. There will have
to be some dynamic risk assessment.
Communications - The natural thing to do is to relax security in the
different environment so that as much functionality as possible can be
achieved. Users find allies, etc. Communications will need to
integrate with Business Continuity communications, but still will have a
role to guide people to safe business resumption. Communications to
executive leadership is also regular, but concentrates on service
Budgets / Administrative - Need to continue, as resources are available.
Strategic - May be for rebuilding. Or may shift to standards
enforcement for existing standards.
Investigations / Forensics - Needed for when things go wrong, and are
This is a high level. And what I wondered is if anyone had a detailed
business continuity plan for their office/role.
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Jim Moore, CISSP, IAM
Information Security Officer
Rochester Institute of Technology
13 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-5406 (office)
(585) 475-4122 (lab)
(585) 475-7950 (fax)
"We will have a chance when we are as efficient at communicating
information security best practices, as hackers and criminals are at
sharing attack information" - Peter Presidio
- Business Continuity Plans for an Information Security Office James Moore (Jan 09)