HIPAA Contingency Plan: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan
A contingency plan is a key standard as stipulated in the HIPAA Security Rule 164.308 (a) (7) (i) under administrative safeguards. The HIPAA contingency plans are meant to address the security principle of “availability.” This availability principle addresses risks that relate to business disruption with the aim of ensuring that authorized personnel can still access vital systems and data in spite of the disruption.
The Definition and Scope of HIPAA Contingency Plan
This contingency plan consists of laid out strategies on how to implement various technical measures, procedures, and plans to ensure the recovery of networking systems, data, and operations in the event of a disruption. Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery planning is the development process of creating necessary measures and procedures in ensuring your business is able to resume its normal functions in the event of a crisis, disaster, or disruption. Well, the whole idea is to cut down on costs related to such risks and still remain functional to your suppliers, staff, and customers.
The core objective of the Business Impact Analysis is normally done at the beginning of continuity planning and disaster recovery with the main objective being to identify some of the places to be the worst-hit financially in the event of a disruption or disaster. The identification of sensitive systems is necessary to ensure the continuity of your business in case of such an event.