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University Business Continuity Committee is Up and Running

June 25, 2009 | Risk Management

“Business Continuity” is the process of continuing critical functions during a sustained disruption. Although already done throughout CUNY, a recent initiative centralized this process into a University-wide Committee. The Business Continuity Committee composed of senior university officials and senior staff at each campus held its inaugural meeting on June 5, 2009. Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Allan Dobrin welcomed the group and charged it with developing a set of “standards and minimum expectations for practices, procedures and facilities in the event of a sustained disruption to campus functions.”

Last year, CUNY asked the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC) to conduct a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Gap Analysis. The study was completed and submitted on June 30, 2008, and the report serves as a foundation for some of the work of the newly formed Committee.

Plans for the Committee include selecting and implementing a Business Continuity tool that will help facilitate the Business Continuity program, and setting standards to help CUNY campuses develop their own Business Continuity plans. The next meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2009 and will feature a presentation by Rachel Stein Dickinson, Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Policy & Administration at the NYC Office of Emergency Management, who oversees OEM’s Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).