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Atlantic Business Continuity Services

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5 Step Strategy

We develop and implement your continuity strategy in five steps.

Step 1 – Identify Vulnerabilities
Identify threats to your organization and ways to mitigate those operational obstacles.

Step 2 – Prioritize Business Processes
Determine downtime tolerances for each critical business process based on the quantitative impact of downtime to the entire organization and ability to provide products and services.

Step 3 – Develop Recovery Strategies
Ensure critical business processes resume within the established timeframe before significant impact to the organization and its ability to provide products and services.

Step 4 – Train Key Employees and Staff
Train all employees to execute the plan and comply with OSHA and other regulations during life-threatening disasters.

Step 5 – Maintain Organizational Resiliency
Establish a process to update the plan and capture changes that impact plan components.

Packages

Atlantic develops customized plans using our 5-step strategy to fit the unique needs and budget of your organization. Some of our most popular packages are listed below. If you don’t see one that matches your needs, please contact us. We’ll be happy to customize a package for you.

Risk Assessment Package

Step 1 of Atlantic’s 5-step methodology to protect organizations against downtime. The Risk Assessment Package is ideal for organizations not yet ready to develop a full plan but want to understand key vulnerabilities. Atlantic will identify all potential threats and map them to the appropriate organizational risks and vulnerabilities. Existing controls for each vulnerability are evaluated for effectiveness, and additional future controls are identified to fully mitigate each risk. An action plan for implementing these additional controls is presented in prioritized order to guide an organization to greater resiliency and protection.

Disaster Recovery Plan for Technology (DR Plan) Package
Utilizing Atlantic’s 5-step methodology, a Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan protects the technology that enables and supports critical business functions. Atlantic will establish downtime (RTO) and data loss (RPO) tolerances for key IT infrastructure components, applications and data by mapping these items to the critical business functions they support. The impacts of technology downtime are evaluated to quantitatively develop the downtime tolerances that the organization can afford. The organization may then use this critical information to select and develop appropriate technology recovery strategies to ensure those downtime tolerances are never exceeded. Through plan training, testing and maintenance, critical business functions can continue operating with minimal technology downtime through this customized Disaster Recovery Plan.

Business Continuity Plan Package
Utilizing Atlantic’s 5-step methodology, a customized Business Continuity Plan protects an entire organization, including its people, technology, business processes, property, supply chain, operations and facilities. The resulting plan yields a resilient organization that is able to withstand all potential threats with minimal downtime and impact. The plan ensures an organization’s ability to survive and thrive in the face of any disaster, small or large. Employees are engaged to participate and take ownership of the plan, so the organization is well poised to respond effectively to all disruptions. Atlantic will establish an ongoing process for review, testing and updating to ensure the plan remains relevant and ready when needed.
Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG) Plan Package
This package utilizes Atlantic’s 5-step methodology and applies it to the unique needs of non-profit organizations and local governments, so they may respond and recover effectively to large and small disasters. Atlantic will identify key stakeholders and audiences to ensure the mission and/or responsibilities of the organization or entity are met and communicated effectively. Emphasis is placed on customized planning to ensure long-term stability and effective recovery from any disaster. Training, testing and maintenance roles are developed and implemented to ensure that the organization or entity is well positioned to implement the plan when needed.
Plan Review Package
If your business or organization already has a plan in place, our certified professionals will use their training and experience to review your plan for gaps, issues and opportunities for improvement. Atlantic will deliver a list of prioritized recommendations following the plan review. This process will help your organization implement the necessary actions to increase your plan’s effectiveness and most importantly, your ability to recover effectively.

Cases

The following cases illustrate how Atlantic analyzes an organization’s operations to develop a strategic plan.

American Automated Payroll (AAP) provides payroll services for more than 1,000 customers. The company’s motto is “We’re in the business of peace of mind.” To prove that to potential clients, AAP turned to Atlantic to create a contingency plan, to ensure service would be maintained in case of a disruption.
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eGroup, Inc. enables businesses’ competitive positions by providing high-performance and secure ways to collect, store and access information. The company’s changing environment – and dedication to its clients – made it equally important to have both a plan for progress and a plan for the unexpected. As a business “constantly in motion”, finding the appropriate resource to develop contingency planning was essential.
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The Town of Seabrook Island is a diverse coastal community with a fluctuating population of full-time residents and vacationers. The tenure of elected officials also fluctuates, which requires quick communication of disaster recovery steps to newly elected Town Council members. However, Seabrook Island had neither the personnel nor the expertise to conduct a full assessment of its potential threats. Without a plan to mitigate risks, officials were unsure whether the town could sustain operations through a disaster.
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