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DS4.4 - Maintenance of the IT Continuity Plan

This topic is intended to enable collaboration and sharing of information to facilitate a better understanding and approach to implementing this COBIT control objective based on the risk, value and guidance provided by its corresponding control practices.

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Maintenance of the IT Continuity Plan

Encourage IT management to define and execute change control procedures to ensure that the IT continuity plan is kept up to date and continually reflects actual business requirements. Communicate changes in procedures and responsibilities clearly and in a timely manner.

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  • Appropriate IT continuity plans supporting the organisation’s objectives
  • Change control procedures for IT continuity plans
  • Familiarity of IT continuity plans for appropriate individuals
  Risk Drivers
  • Inappropriate recovery plans
  • Plans failing to reflect changes to business needs and technology
  • Lack of change control procedures

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  1. Maintain a change history of the IT continuity plan. Ensure proper version management of the plan, e.g., through the use of document management systems. Ensure that all distributed copies are the same version.
  2. Involve the business continuity and IT continuity manager(s) in the change management processes to ensure awareness of important changes that would require updates to the IT continuity plans.
  3. Update the IT continuity plan as described by the IT continuity framework. Triggering events for the update of the plan include:
    • Important architecture changes
    • Important business changes
    • Key staff changes or organisation changes
    • Incidents/disasters and the lessons learnt
    • Results from continuity plan tests

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