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Assignment 3: Contingency Planning

Assignment 3: Contingency Planning

Let us consider the following scenario:

You work for a small company with less than fifty employees and a very small IT budget (less than 2% of the total budget of the company). You report to the chief financial officer of the company.

You have been asked to develop a business continuity plan, but you have concerns over the allotted budget and resources for contingency planning in IT. You believe that a proper business continuity plan will require additional financial resources. You want to convince your boss that a business continuity plan is a vital component of an information security proposal in any business, small or large. You must also convince your boss that the current budget is insufficient for a solid business continuity plan.


  • In a cover letter, describe business continuity planning from a small business perspective.
  • Discuss the potential impact of a business continuity plan on relationships between small businesses and their customer base.
  • Discuss how your plan will require more than 2% of the total company's budget and why it is necessary and important. Include in your cover letter a request for additional funds.
  • Develop an ideal business continuity plan for a small business that mitigates threats and minimizes risks to a company, with less emphasis on costs. Your plan should evaluate at least five of the critical elements of business continuity planning such as:
    • Data backup and recovery
    • Mission-critical systems
    • Financial and operational assessments
    • Keeping the business moving without IT
    • Informing customers
    • Contingency operations
    • Alternate communications

Support your reasoning with evidence from scholarly, peer-reviewed literature from 2 to 3 scholarly sources. Your paper should be 5–7 pages in length and written in a clear, concise, and organized manner. Your paper should demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA) and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Submission Details:

  • Save the assignment as M1_A3_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
  • By Week 1, Day 7, submit your assignment to the M1 Assignment 3 Dropbox.
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