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Implementation guidance The header page and this section, up to and including Disclaimer, must be removed from the final version of the document. For more details on replacing the logo, yellow highlighted text and certain generic terms, see the Completion Instructions document.

Purpose of this document The Business Continuity Plan sets out in detail how the organization will initially react to an incident and manage it going forward. It is intended to be used at the point at which an incident has occurred.

Areas of the standard addressed This document addresses the following sections of the ISO22301 standard: •

8. Operation o 8.4 Business continuity plans and procedures ▪ 8.4.2 Response structure ▪ 8.4.3 Warning and communication

General guidance You will need to think carefully about who should be included in the incident response structure so that the right people are available in the event of a disruptive incident. The procedures contained in this document need to be clear and concise as they will possibly be used in times of great stress to the people involved. Try to always have a Plan B for each aspect of the procedure such as deputies for the people, an alternative command centre and access to critical documents and resources.

Review frequency We would recommend that this document is reviewed at least annually and after every relevant exercise or test.

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Incident detection and notification .......................................................................... 11 3.1

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Team leader .............................................................................................................................. 14 Team facilitator ......................................................................................................................... 15 Incident liaison .......................................................................................................................... 15 Business operations................................................................................................................... 15 Health and safety ...................................................................................................................... 15 Human Resources ...................................................................................................................... 16 Communications ....................................................................................................................... 16 Legal and regulatory .................................................................................................................. 16

Incident command centre .......................................................................................... 16 Location .................................................................................................................................... 16 Access ....................................................................................................................................... 16 Parking ...................................................................................................................................... 17 Facilities in the command centre ............................................................................................... 17

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Communication procedures ....................................................................................... 20 Means of communication .......................................................................................................... 20 Communication guidelines ........................................................................................................ 20 Internal communication ............................................................................................................ 21 External communication ............................................................................................................ 21 Communication with the media ................................................................................................ 22

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10 Debrief and post-incident review ............................................................................. 25 11 Appendix A: Standard incident response team meeting agenda ............................... 26 12 Appendix B: Incident command centre ..................................................................... 27 12.1

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13 Appendix C: The Phonetic Alphabet.......................................................................... 28

Figures Figure 1: Incident response ........................................................................................................ 10

Tables Table 1: Initial responders .......................................................................................................... 11 Table 2: Incident response team leader contacts ......................................................................... 12 Table 3: Incident response team members.................................................................................. 14 Table 4: Business continuity procedures ..................................................................................... 19 Table 5: Monitored risk advisory systems ................................................................................... 22 Table 6: Incident spokespeople .................................................................................................. 23

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1 Introduction This document is intended to be used when a disruptive incident of some kind has occurred that affects the business operations of [Organization Name]. The procedures set out in this document should be used only as guidance when responding to an incident. The exact nature of an incident and its impact cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty and so it is important that a good degree of common sense is used when deciding the actions to take. However, it is intended that the structures set out here will prove useful in allowing the correct actions to be taken more quickly and based on more accurate information. The objectives of this business continuity plan are to: • • • • • • •

Provide a concise overview of how [Organization Name] will respond to a disruptive incident affecting its business continuity Set out who will respond to an incident and how our business continuity plans will be invoked Describe the facilities that are in place to help with the management of the incident Define how decisions will be taken with regard to our response to an incident Explain how communication within the organization and with external parties will be handled Provide contact details for key people and external agencies Define what will happen once the incident is resolved, and the responders are stood down

All members of staff named in this document will be given a copy which they must have available when required. Contact details will be checked and updated at least three times a year. Changes to contact or other relevant details that occur outside of these scheduled checks should be sent to business.continuity@organization.com as soon as possible after the change has occurred. All personal information collected as part of the business continuity process and contained in this document will be used purely for the purposes of business continuity planning and is subject to relevant data protection legislation. The flow of the business continuity plan is shown in the diagram on the next page.

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2 Incident response Incident detection and notification

Start

Activate business continuity plan?

NO

YES

Assemble Incident Response Team

Incident assessment

NO

Invoke BC procedure?

YES Incident management, monitoring and communication

NO

Cease response activities?

Finish

YES

Stand down

Debrief and post-incident review

Figure 1: Incident response

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3 Incident detection and notification 3.1 Incident detection The incident may be initially detected in a wide variety of ways and through a number of different sources (including emergency services), depending on the nature and location of the incident. The most important factor is that the business continuity plan must be started as quickly as possible so that an effective response can be given.

3.2 Incident notification The following contacts will act as initial responders for a disruptive incident. Any of these contacts may be notified of an incident. They all have the authority to contact the Incident Response Team Leader at any time to ask him/her to assess whether the business continuity plan should be activated.

CONTACT

DEPARTMENT

PHONE NUMBER

AVAILABILITY

Team Leader

Facilities Management

xxxx xxxxxxx

9am to 5pm Mon to Fri

Duty Manager

Facilities Management

xxxx xxxxxxx

Out of hours

HR Manager

Human Resources

xxxx xxxxxxx

9am to 5pm Mon to Fri

Customer Services Team Leader

Customer Services

xxxx xxxxxxx

6am to 9pm Mon to Sat

Table 1: Initial responders

3.3 Recording the incident details On receiving notification of a possible disruptive incident, the person taking the call should record the details given, including: • • • • •

The name of the caller Caller’s contact details Date and time of the call Call taker’s name Exact description of the incident, including: o Date and time of the incident o Nature of the incident e.g. fire, flood, explosion o Location of the incident o Whether emergency services have been called (if appropriate) and if so, are they in attendance? o Any injuries or loss of life if known o An estimate of the scale of the impact

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Any other relevant information available

3.4 Contacting the incident response team leader The initial responder to the incident should then contact the Incident Response Team Leader (or nominated deputy) using the contact details below to convey the above information.

NAME

ROLE IN PLAN

OFFICE NO

HOME NO

MOBILE NO

DATE/TIME

OUTCOME

Team Leader Deputy 1 Deputy 2 Deputy 3 Table 2: Incident response team leader contacts

In the event that none of the above can be contacted the initial responder has the authority to decide whether or not the business continuity plan should be activated.

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4 Activating the business continuity plan Once notified of an incident the Team Leader must decide whether the scale and actual or potential impact of the incident justifies the activation of the business continuity plan and the convening of the Incident Response Team (IRT). Guidelines for whether a formal incident response should be initiated for any particular incident of which the Team Leader has been notified are as follows. • • •

There is significant actual or potential danger to life; or: There is significant actual or potential disruption to business operations; or: Any other situation which may cause significant impact to the organization

Guidelines for the definition of “significant” within the above criteria are as follows: • • • • • •

Loss of more than one day’s production An inability to service more than 60% of customers More than one day’s disruption to store replenishment Damage to reputation via coverage in national press More than 30 employees affected [define the level of impact that should trigger the business continuity plan]

In the event of disagreement or uncertainty about whether or not to activate an incident response the decision of the Team Leader will be final. If it is decided not to activate the procedure, then a plan should be created to allow for a lower-level response to the incident within normal management channels. This may involve the invocation of a business continuity procedure at a local level. If the incident warrants the activation of the business continuity plan, the Team Leader will start to assemble the IRT as described in the next section.

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5 Assemble incident response team Once the decision has been made to activate the business continuity plan, the Team Leader (or deputy) will ensure that all role holders (or their deputies if main role holders are uncontactable) are contacted, made aware of the nature of the incident and asked to assemble at the Incident Command Centre. The exception is the Incident Liaison who will be asked to attend the location of the incident in order to start to gather information for the impact assessment that the IRT will conduct so that an appropriate response can be determined.

5.1 Incident response team members The IRT will consist of the following people in the roles specified and with the stated deputies.

ROLE

MAIN ROLE HOLDER

DEPUTY

Team Leader Team Facilitator Incident Liaison Business Operations Health and Safety Human Resources Communications Legal and Regulatory Table 3: Incident response team members

Contact details for the above are listed in the document Business Continuity Contact Log.

5.2 Roles and responsibilities The responsibilities of the roles within the incident response team are as follows:

5.2.1 Team leader •

Decides whether or not to initiate a response

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Assembles the incident response team Overall management of the incident response team Acts as interface with the board and other high-level stakeholders Final decision maker in cases of disagreement

5.2.2 Team facilitator • • • • • •

Supports the incident response team Co-ordinates resources within the command centre Prepares for meetings and takes record of actions and decisions Briefs team members on latest status on their return to the command centre Facilitates communication via email, fax, telephone or other methods Monitors external information feeds such as weather and news

5.2.3 Incident liaison • • • •

Attends the site of the incident as quickly as possible Assesses the extent and impact of the incident Provides first-person account of the situation to the IRT Liaises with the IRT on an on-going basis to provide updates and answer any questions required for decision-making by the IRT

5.2.4 Business operations • • •

Contributes to decision-making based on knowledge of business operations, products and services Briefs other members of the team on operational issues Helps to assess likely impact on customers of the organization

5.2.5 Health and safety • • • •

Assesses the risk to life and limb of the incident Ensures that legal responsibilities for health and safety are met at all times Liaises with emergency services such as police, fire and medical Considers environmental issues with respect to the incident

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5.2.6 Human Resources • • •

Assesses and advises on HR policy and employment contract matters Represents the interests of organization employees Advises on capability and disciplinary issues

5.2.7 Communications • • •

Responsible for ensuring internal communications are effective Decides the level, frequency and content of communications with external parties such as the media Defines approach to keeping affected parties informed e.g. customers, shareholders

5.2.8 Legal and regulatory • •

Advises on what must be done to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulatory frameworks Assesses the actual and potential legal implications of the incident and subsequent actions

5.3 Incident command centre In order to accommodate the IRT, a pre-prepared location has been selected for the incident command centre.

5.3.1 Location The address of the command centre is as follows: [Give the full address of the command centre] A location map and floor plan of the command centre are shown at Appendix B of this document.

5.3.2 Access During office hours (8am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday) the command centre is accessible via reception at the main entrance to the building. Outside of office hours the Duty Facilities

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Manager must be contacted on xxx xxxx to provide access within one hour of it being requested.

5.3.3 Parking Parking is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the public facility directly across the street from the office building containing the command centre.

5.3.4 Facilities in the command centre The following facilities are available with the command centre: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Main office area Separate conference room 8 x Landline telephones 1 x Fax machine 8 x desktop computers Access to the corporate network Internet access 8 x workstations Washroom facilities Small kitchen with kettle and microwave Projector with screen 1 x colour printer (networked) Television Radio 8 x hard hats and high visibility vests 4 x flashlights Stationery (pads, pens, pencils, hole punch, staplers)

A variety of shops are within easy walk of the command centre should additional equipment be needed (shop hours only).

5.4 Alternate command centre If the incident command centre is not available for any reason, a secondary facility exists at the following location: [Give the full address of the alternate command centre. Add location map, floor plan and facility list if available]

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6 Impact assessment Once the IRT has been assembled at the command centre, a more detailed impact assessment must be carried out in order to decide the appropriate response. The information that should have been recorded at the time of notification of the incident is as follows: • • • • • •

Date and time of the incident Nature of the incident e.g. fire, flood, explosion Location of the incident Whether emergency services have been called (if appropriate) and if so, are they in attendance? Any injuries or loss of life if known An estimate of the scale of the impact

In addition to this initial indication, further information should be available from the Incident Liaison team member of the IRT who should be at the location of the incident. Useful further information could include: • • • • • • •

Likely duration of the incident Any obvious knock-on effects The extent of impact on infrastructure including computers, networks, equipment and accommodation The business units affected and the extent of the impact to them The effect on production or service delivery A list of those people that will not be able to assist in the recovery Initial indication of the likely cause of the incident

This information should be documented so that a clear time-based understanding of the situation as it emerges is available for current use and later review. A form template is provided for this purpose in the document Incident Impact Information Log. A list of the business activities, products, services, teams and supporting processes that have been affected by the incident should be created together with an assessment of the extent of the impact. Template forms to record this information can be found in the BCMS documents Incident Impact Information Log and Plan Activation Log.

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7 Business continuity plan activation Once the IRT has been assembled at the command centre and as much detail as possible has been collected about the incident and its impact, a decision needs to be made about the most appropriate response. [Organization Name] has a variety of business continuity procedures that provide for actions to be taken to respond to different types of incidents. These procedures are as follows:

DOC REF

PROCEDURE TITLE

PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION

Plan001

Loss of Access to Building A

Move key business activities to alternate site

Plan002

Loss of main business critical IT servers

Restore backups to warm recovery site

Plan003

Failure of Critical Supplier

Increase supply from alternative suppliers

[List all business continuity plans]

Table 4: Business continuity procedures

Based on the current understanding of the business activities affected by the incident, an appropriate combination of the above business continuity procedures should be activated to try to mitigate the impact. The BCMS form Plan Activation Log should be used to record the business continuity procedures that are activated to address the specific business activities impacted by the incident. The method of activation of each procedure is detailed in the individual procedure document.

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8 Incident management, monitoring and communication Once an appropriate response to the incident has been identified and the relevant business continuity procedure(s) activated, the IRT needs to be able to manage the overall response, monitor the status of the incident and ensure effective communication is taking place at all levels. Regular IRT meetings must be held at an appropriate frequency decided by the Team Leader. A standard agenda for these meeting is at Appendix A. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that recovery resources are managed effectively and that key decisions are made promptly, based on adequate information. Each meeting will be minuted by the Team Facilitator. The Incident Liaison will provide updates to the IRT to a frequency decided by the Team Leader. These updates should be co-ordinated with the IRT meetings so that the latest information is available for each meeting.

8.1 Communication procedures It is vital that effective communications are maintained between all parties involved in the incident response.

8.1.1 Means of communication The primary means of communication during an incident will be telephone, both landline and mobile. In the event of telephone communications being unavailable provision may be made for the use of radio communications, although the usable range of such equipment should be assessed. Email should not be used unless telephone and equivalent alternatives are unavailable, or if the nature of the incident is such that the use of email (and other forms of electronic communication such as video conferencing and instant messaging) is regarded by the IRT as acceptable.

8.1.2 Communication guidelines The following guidelines should be followed in all communications: • • •

Be calm and avoid lengthy conversation Advise internal team members of the need to refer information requests to the IRT If the call is answered by someone other than the contact: o Ask if the contact is available elsewhere

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o If they cannot be contacted, leave a message to contact you on a given number o Do not provide details of the Incident Always document call time details, responses and actions

All important communications should be clearly and accurately recorded using the BCMS form Message Log, unless an alternative form of keeping records is agreed, such as electronic filing of emails.

8.1.3 Internal communication Calls incoming to the command centre should use the main number which is +xx xxx xxx xxxx. Eight lines are available for incoming calls. If there is no answer a message may be left. If the call is urgent the caller should both leave a message and call back as well as trying alternative methods of communication if available. If leaving a message, ensure you leave: • • • • •

Your name Your number Your organization The name of the person the message is for The message

Details of the incident should not be given when leaving a message.

8.1.4 External communication Depending on the incident there may be a variety of external parties that will be communicated with during the course of the response. It is important that the information released to third parties is managed so that it is timely and accurate. Calls that are not from agencies directly involved in the incident response (such as the media) should be passed to the member of the IRT responsible for communications. Emergency responders such as the police, fire and ambulance services will be well practised in incident handling and will have their own structured methods for communication and every effort should be made to comply with these. A listing of the phonetic alphabet used by the emergency services is at Appendix C.

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There may be a number of external parties who, whilst not directly involved in the incident, may be affected by it and need to be alerted to this fact. These may include: • • • •

Customers Suppliers Shareholders Regulatory bodies

The Communications IRT member should make a list of such interested parties and define the message that is to be given to them. A list of some external agencies is given in the document External Contact List. Interested parties who have not been alerted by the IRT may get in contact to obtain information about the incident and its effects. These contacts should be recorded in the message log and passed to the Communications member of IRT. There are a number of national and regional risk advisory systems which may be able to provide information about the incident and likely developments. The following such systems are monitored:

AGENCY

NATIONAL/REGIONAL

SUBJECT

METHOD OF COMMUNICATION

Homeland Security

National

Security threats

Email alerts

Environment Agency

National

Flood warnings

Website

Met Office

National

Severe weather warnings

Website/ email

Country Fire Authority

Regional

Fire risk and warnings

News channels/ website

Table 5: Monitored risk advisory systems

The frequency of monitoring these systems should be increased for those that are directly relevant to the incident in hand. All relevant warnings should be logged and communicated to the IRT Team Leader.

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incident and its effects. It is the responsibility of the Communications IRT member to arrange the venue for these and to liaise with press that may wish to attend. In drafting a statement for the media, the following guidelines should be observed: • • • • •

Personal information should be protected at all times Stick to the facts and do not speculate about the incident or its cause Ensure legal advice is obtained prior to any statements being issued Try to pre-empt questions that may reasonably be asked Emphasise that a prepared response has been activated and that everything possible is being done

The following members of staff will be appointed spokespeople for the organization if further information is to be issued e.g. at a press conference:

NAME

ROLE

INCIDENT SCALE

Person A

IRT Communications

Low

Person B

Head of Corporate Communications

Medium

Person C

Chief Executive Officer

High

Table 6: Incident spokespeople

The most appropriate spokesperson will depend upon the scale of the incident and its effect on customers, supplier, the public and other stakeholders.

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9 Ceasing response activities and standing down The Team Leader will decide, based on the latest information from the Incident Liaison and other members of the team, the point at which response activities should be ceased and the IRT stood down. Note that the recovery and execution of business continuity procedures may continue beyond this point but under less formal management control. This decision will be up to the Team Leader’s judgement but should be based upon the following criteria: • • • • • •

The situation has been fully resolved or is reasonably stable The pace of change of the situation has slowed to a point where few decisions are required The appropriate response is well underway and business continuity procedures are progressing to schedule Affected business activities have been resumed although perhaps at a lower level than normal The degree of risk to the business has lessened to an acceptable point Immediate legal and regulatory responsibilities have been fulfilled

If recovery from the incident is on-going the Team Leader should define the next actions to be taken. These may include: • • • • •

Less frequent meetings of the IRT e.g. weekly depending on the circumstances Informing all involved parties that the IRT is standing down Ensuring that all documentation of the incident is secured Requesting that all staff not involved in further work to return to normal duties Returning the command centre to a state where it may be used for a future incident

All actions taken as part of standing down should be recorded.

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10 Debrief and post-incident review After the IRT has been stood down the Team Leader will hold a debrief of all members ideally within 24 hours. The relevant records of the incident will be examined by the IRT to ensure that they reflect actual events and represent a complete and accurate record of the incident. Any immediate comments or feedback from the team will be recorded. A more formal post-incident review will be held at a time to be decided by top management according to the magnitude and nature of the incident. As input to this review the Team Leader will complete a post incident report using the form Post Incident Report as a template.

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11 Appendix A: Standard incident response team meeting agenda It is recommended that the following standard agenda be used for meetings of the Incident Response Team.

AGENDA Attendees:

All members of the Incident Response Team

Location:

Command Centre or online if appropriate

Frequency:

Every two hours, on the even hour

Chair:

Team Leader

Minutes:

Team Facilitator

1. Actions from previous meeting 2. Incident status update 3. Decisions required 4. Task allocation 5. Internal communications 6. External communications 7. Standing down 8. Any other business

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12 Appendix B: Incident command centre 12.1 Location map The location of the incident command centre is shown below [replace with map of your command centre].

12.2 Floor plan The layout of the incident command centre is shown below [replace with layout of your command centre].

3800.0 mm x 2000.0 mm

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13 Appendix C: The Phonetic Alphabet In order to ensure that messages are understood correctly, the phonetic alphabet should be used when spelling out words and numbers. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A: Alpha B: Bravo C: Charlie D: Delta E: Echo F: Foxtrot G: Golf H: Hotel I: India J: Juliet K: Kilo L: Lima M: Mike N: November O: Oscar P: Papa Q: Quebec R: Romeo S: Sierra T: Tango U: Uniform V: Victor W: Whiskey X: X-ray Y: Yankee Z: Zulu

• • • • • • • • • •

0: Zero 1: Wun 2: Two 3: Tree 4: Fower 5: Fife 6: Six 7: Seven 8: Ait 9: Niner

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