Business Continuity

Your Business Continuity Provider

Business ContinuityCRSI is the premier provider of Business Continuity plans to the electric utility industry. Risk is ever-present and ever-changing. At some point, your company may face a catastrophic event, be it a fire, natural disaster, or an attack. Your ability to respond and mitigate such an event is directly related to your preparedness. We ensure your organization’s ability to continue operations in the event of an emergency.

The loss of a critical facility due to a natural or man-made event can result in the loss of critical functions and the shutting down of key processes such as energy generation, transmission, distribution, and even billing, payroll, and accounting. Unprepared, such an event can severely damage the image of the corporation and shake shareholder confidence.

For example, 65% of companies that have suffered a disaster have lost business as a result. 16% of these companies lost between $100,000 – $500,000 per day, and fewer than 50% of all companies that have had business operations interrupted by a disaster have updated their business continuity plans in the past six months. Of those with updated plans, one (1) out of every eight (8) U.S. firms experienced decreased insurance rates as a direct result to having implemented a comprehensive business continuity plan.

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A Business Continuity plan is a “living” program document that allows your company to survive in adverse situations. Closely following the Disaster Recovery Institute International’s (DRII) model, CRSI advances and integrates clients’ programs into workflow processes that not only provide IT and physical systems resiliency but also mitigate risk through effective application of integrated security and safety systems.

While CRSI considers the requirements of NERC EOP-008 (Loss of Control Center Functionality) and NERC CIP-009 (Recovery Plans for BES Cyber Systems) when preparing the Business Continuity plan, it is not a replacement for the plans required by those Standards.

When CRSI develops a Business Continuity plan, it includes recovery procedures that are effective for the endurance of your company in the face of the unthinkable. Our plans utilize best practices and industry standards to help your company meet applicable requirements.

CRSI’s Business Continuity plans are built based upon your organization’s operational needs, bridging the gap between operations, critical business information, procedures, assets and technology systems, and employee-accepted workflow processes with defined roles and responsibilities.

Rather than a last line of defense focused on reactive insurance policies, CRSI-developed Business Continuity plans leverage existing resources to create tailored plans based on sound Business Impact Analysis contrasted against industry-specific parametric modeling and cost-benefit comparisons.

Even with the most thorough security programs, risk can never be truly eliminated. Where these gaps exist, there are usually outside influences waiting to exploit those opportunities. A comprehensive Business Continuity plan must be in place before these threats breach the safety and security of your organization and threaten the survival of your company.  Ultimately, these plans become part of daily operations, not just another layer of work for already over-burdened employee resources.

CRSI strategically partnered with more than 250 electric utilities in the last five (5) years for their NERC CIP Compliance Solutions. To find out more about how to create your Security Compliance Roadmap, call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Continuity Drills

Continuity Drills CRSI knows that is critical to test your plans, procedures, and systems through continuity drills to maintain your business continuity.  An incident or emergency situation is the wrong time to…

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Impact Analysis

Business Impact Analysis CRSI’s Impact Analysis uses a structured methodology to identify and assess the potential effects of disruption to vital operations such as power generation, transmission, distribution, or the loss…

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