Potential causes of disruptions (BCP)

Depending on business’ specific circumstances, there are many possible events that might constitute a crisis. Here is a list of potential causes of disruptions.

  • Natural disasters – for example, flooding caused by burst water pipes or heavy rain, or wind damage following storms.
  • Theft or vandalism – theft of computer equipment, for instance, could prove devastating. Similarly, vandalism of machinery or vehicles could not only be costly but also pose health and safety risks.
  • Fire, Flood – few other situations have such potential to physically destroy a business.
  • Power cut – loss of power could have serious consequences. What would you do if you couldn’t use IT or telecoms systems or operate other key machinery or equipment?
  • Cooling system failure – loss of power or equipment related to the HVAC (Cooling system) impacting staff workplaces, or IT datacentre, telecom or data rooms.
  • IT system failure – Server, network or Applications component failure can affect employees’ ability to work effectively
  • Cyber-attacks and hacking activity – computer viruses, attacks by hackers or system failures could affect employees’ ability to work effectively.
  • Restricted access to premises – how would your business function if you couldn’t access your workplace – for example, due to a gas leak? Here we can also include medium Water flood or cooling issues.
  • Loss or illness of key staff – if any of your staff is central to the running of your business, consider how you would cope if they were to leave or be incapacitated by illness.
  • Outbreak of disease or infection – depending on your type of business an outbreak of an infectious disease among your staff, in your premises or among livestock could present serious health and safety risks.
  • Terrorist attack – consider the risks to your employees and your business operations if there is a terrorist strike, either where your business is based or in locations to which you and your employees travel. Also consider whether an attack may have a longer-term effect on your particular market or sector.
  • Crises affecting suppliers – how would you source alternative supplies, information and market feeds?
  • Crises affecting customers – will insurance or customer guarantees offset a client’s inability to take your services?
  • Crises affecting your business’ reputation – how would you cope, for example, in the event of a fraud?

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