When: Jan 13 2011

Presenting:  Shankar Swaroop, Director of BCDR, NEXCOM

An organization's resiliency is directly related to the effectiveness of its continuity capability. An organization's continuity capability—its ability to perform its essential functions continuously—rests upon key components and pillars, which are in turn built on the foundation of continuity planning and program management.

These pillars are Leadership, Staff, Communications, and Facilities. The Federal Continuity Directive (FCD) 1 provides direction to the Federal executive branch for developing continuity plans and programs. Continuity planning facilitates the performance of executive branch essential functions during all-hazards emergencies or other situations that may disrupt normal operations. FCD2 provides further guidance and direction to Federal executive branch departments and agencies for identification of their Mission Essential Functions (MEFs) and potential Primary Mission Essential Functions (PMEFs). It also includes guidance on the processes for conducting a Business Process Analysis (BPA) and Business Impact Analysis (BIA) for each of the potential PMEFs that assist in identifying essential function relationships and inter-dependencies, time sensitivities, threat and vulnerability analysis, and mitigation strategies that impact and support the PMEFs.

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