What Is Business Continuity?

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What is Business Continuity Planning?

Past unexpected events on the campus such as floods, fires, and damaged server rooms, resulted in departments relocating operations, halting services, or suffering permanent data loss.

Business continuity is our preparation for these and other unexpected disruptions to continue to provide our essential services with as little disruption as possible. Click here to see an overview of business continuity planning or here of access to additional planning resources.

See a list of key business continuity terms here.

What is UC Ready? 

UC Ready is an online tool that is being implemented throughout the University of California system to store and create plans via its business impact analysis (BIA) tools. See an overview of the tool here.

Access the UC Ready Manual here and the Quick Start Guide here.

We also recently transitioned the existing UC Ready plans to a new platform that is hosted by Fusion Risk Management/Salesforce. Contact us for access to the enhanced version of UC Ready.

How does business continuity planning fit in with other plans?

Business continuity is different from emergency management. Emergency management secures life and safety in response to a disaster or emergency. A business continuity plan is used once life and safety are secure and is used to help you to continue your operations. These plans also work with IT disaster recovery plans which are plans and procedures to restore IT services (e.g. applications and infrastructure) as part of the overall campus business continuity plan.

To learn more and to access materials to help you write your plan, see our planning resources stored here.

Why is business continuity important? 

We face many risks to our work and these risks affect our opportunities and our abilities. Our families, our community, our coworkers depend on us to take steps to protect UCLA. What we do today will determine what our lives are like tomorrow.

What is my role in this? 

As a manager for your department, determine who will coordinate the planning process for your department and contact Tara Brown, Business Continuity Planner, to set up an introductory meeting. As a staff member, you have valuable insight into the operations of your department and in the future might serve on a planning team to assist with creating plans.

Quarterly business continuity town hall meetings

We also hold quarterly town hall meetings for all campus business continuity coordinators to discuss best practices in business continuity planning and lessons learned. Please contact Tara Brown to participate.

How do I get my plan started? 

  • Identify a planning coordinator and assemble a planning team.
  • Contact the Business Continuity Planner, Tara Brown tbrown@irm.ucla.edu, to arrange an introductory meeting. After the meeting, you will be given access to the UC Ready Tool.
  • Once you have been given access to UC Ready, you can login here: https://ucready-fusion.cloudforce.com/
  • Please note that UC Ready is now hosted on a new website. If you had access prior to 2016, you need to contact Tara to set up your account on the new site.