Business Continuity Planning Program

Welcome to the CSUSB Continuity Plan Program!

Continuing campus operations is important when events interrupt normal operations. Business Continuity Planning is the process whereby CSUSB can plan for how campus operations will continue after a major disaster (natural or man-made) occurs. Business continuity can lessen the long-term risks involved from a major disaster, and provide a "roadmap" for working towards ensuring campus operations continue.

Although business continuity is "disaster related", business continuity planning is a process that begins long before disaster strikes. Because the future is unknown, it is crucial for CSUSB to create a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to provide guidelines on how CSUSB will react when something significant interrupts normal operations. This planning process, along with other preparations, will map out how CSUSB will recover from a crisis situation that has interrupted campus operations.

A strategic process and approach has been developed as the basis for CSUSB's Business Continuity Planning Program, beginning with the University's operational units (i.e. Departments) creating their Business Continuity Plans. Each Department within the University should have a Business Continuity Plan in place and test it annually.



Critical Functions:

The first tool used in Continuity Planning, after conducting a Business Impact Assessment, is to identify a unit's "critical functions". The Critical Function Worksheet aids in narrowing the scope of continuity planning by focusing on critical functions and the activities and resources necessary to sustain those critical functions in event of a disruption.

Critical Function Worksheet

Building a Continuity Plan – Coyote Ready:

The second step, or tool, in the planning process is for unit's to develop their individual Business Continuity Plan. This process is done through CSUSB's online continuity tool, Coyote Ready. Coyote Ready guides units/Departments through a process that helps to determine the readiness of the individual unit/Department, and identify areas which units/departments can enhance their Coyote "readiness". Coyote Ready Users can access their Department plans through the link below:

Coyote Ready - CSUSB Continuity Planning Tool

Access to Coyote Ready:

The repository for CSUSB's continuity plans, Coyote Ready, is internet based and accessible via smart phones. There are 3 requirements for obtaining access to Coyote Ready:

  1. Specialized Computer Information Access (CIA) Request Form
  2. Confidentiality Compliance Form
  3. Information Security Training