The Legal Issues of Business Continuity Planning
Data center managers often must assume the role of business continuity planners. And whereas they are not expected to be as knowledgeable as lawyers in this role, they are encumbered with the responsibility of understanding the minutiae of existing regulatory guidelines and the legal consequences of their companies’ failure to implement an effective business continuity plan. No specific laws categorically state that an organization must have a business continuity plan (BCP), but there is a body of legal precedents that can be used to hold companies responsible to those affected by a company’s inability to cope with or recover from a disaster. This chapter outlines those precedents and suggests precautions.