BC 020102 Organised and / or Deliberate Disruption

The BCP Project Team will need to examine each potential disaster or emergency situation caused through activities which can be described as "organised disruption". The focus should be on the level of business disruption likely from each situation. Potential emergencies include business disruption caused by one or more of the following organised disruptive events.

Acts of terrorism include explosions, bomb threats, hostage taking, sabotage and organised violence. Whether this is perpetrated through a recognised terrorist organisation or a violent protest group, the effect on individuals and business is the same. Such acts create uncertainty and fear and serve to de-stabilise the general environment.

An act of sabotage is the deliberate serious disruption of an organisation's activities with an attempt to discredit or financially damage the organisation. Business will often be immediately and seriously affected by successful acts of sabotage. This can affect the normal operations and also serve to de-stabilise the workforce. An internal attack on the IT systems through the use of malicious code can be considered to be an act of sabotage.

An act of war is the commencement of hostilities between one country and another. This could take the form of air strikes, ground strikes, invasion or blockades. Business could be immediately affected where they are either located near the outbreak of hostilities or where they are dependent upon imports or exports for survival. Many businesses do not survive a prolonged outbreak of war.

This hazard could range from the theft of goods or equipment to the theft of money or other valuables. In addition to possibly financially damaging the organisation, theft can cause suspicion and uncertainty with the workforce where it may be believed that one or more of them could have been involved.

Arson is the deliberate setting of a fire to damage the organisation's premises and contents. As this can cause both loss of premises and loss of goods and other assets, this can be highly disruptive to the organisation.

This disruptive threat is the withdrawal of labour or working to rule usually organised by a union to which employee groups may belong. It can follow a dispute between the workers and the management of a company which has not been resolved. A withdrawal of labour is often accompanied by picketing across the entrance of the company's premises to try to discourage anyone from entering. This sort of action is highly disruptive to the business and normally results in a shutdown of the business until the dispute is resolved.

Each of the above scenarios needs to be developed and examined in detail and an analysis prepared of the consequences of each potential scenario. Each scenario should also be assessed for possibility of occurrence (probability rating) and possible impact (impact rating).

 

PROBABILITY RATING

IMPACT RATING

SCORE

LEVEL

SCORE

LEVEL

1

VERY HIGH

1

TERMINAL

2

HIGH

2

DEVASTATING

3

MEDIUM

3

CRITICAL

4

LOW

4

CONTROLLABLE

5

VERY LOW

5

IRRITATING

 

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