Business continuity is becoming part of government-based preparedness initiatives. While utilities are experienced with delivering reliability during a crisis, business continuity is an issue.
Utilities traditionally have responded well to localized emergencies, such as power outages caused by storms. However, there is always the threat of a natural disaster, as demonstrated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the multi-region US 2011 summer storms. In addition, there’s also the possibility of physical or cyber security attacks.
In this environment, business continuity is becoming a growing part of government based preparedness initiatives. Effective business continuity and disaster recovery plans should address:
By taking a broad, strategic view of business continuity and disaster recovery planning, utility companies address multiple business and technical challenges to meet their strategic objectives: