Cis 462 Business Impact Analysis

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Business Impact Analysis
Darryl E. Gennie
Professor Kevin Jayne
CIS 462
23 August 2015
Strayer University

The purpose of a business impact analysis (BIA) is to assess the impact that a disruptive event would have on an organization. A BIA has three primary goals: determine criticality, estimate maximum downtime and evaluate resource requirements (FFIEC IT Examination Handbook, n.d.). Every critical business function must be identified as well as the impact of a disruption. Non-critical business functions may have a lower priority, but it is equally important to consider interdependencies between departments and functions. It is important for management to estimate the maximum amount of downtime that the organization can experience while still having functionality. They should also consider the maximum amount of time each critical process can experience before recovery becomes impossible. Finally, recovery efforts require evaluation of the necessary resources required to resume critical operations as quickly as possible (FFIEC IT Examination Handbook, n.d.). When addressing business functions and processes, it is important to
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