University Business Continuity Planning
In consultation with the University Business Continuity Management Committee, Integrated Risk Management (IRM) is engaging leaders and employees across the university to develop a comprehensive business continuity and recovery plan for Ryerson. A key tenant of IRM’s philosophy is to involve the Ryerson community in its processes, recognizing that we all share the responsibility of sustaining a safe and secure environment.
What is a business continuity and recovery plan?
A business continuity and recovery plan is designed to anticipate and mitigate risk, and keep mission-critical people, processes and systems operating normally in the event of a sudden condition resulting in loss of space, utilities, IT and financial infrastructure, information or other essential functions, services or relationships.
Business continuity planning helps to minimize disruption to learning; scholarly, research and creative activity; operations; and partnerships. It supports Ryerson’s academic plan by building a framework for institutional resiliency.
What are we doing?
We have prepared a three phase process that will engage departments across the university to create a comprehensive business continuity and recovery plan.Phase One: Information collection for business impact assessment
- Facilitate training sessions with representatives from across the university to complete the questionnaire to capture information about departments’ operational functions, resources and dependencies
- Review all returned questionnaires and analyze links and interdependencies between functions, resources and spaces
- Conduct further analysis to determine the university’s overall risk exposure to loss or interruption
- Support the executive group on decisions related to risk tolerance and resources to support required planning
- Develop the university business continuity and recovery plan for implementation.