As awareness, the need for,  and the implementation of a business continuity methodology grows among organizations,  our staff has begun tracking any and all information relevant to not only the general topics of business continuity related activities, but particularly, those components of a business continuity plan where we perceive current dialogue and enquiry is active among our readership.

One recent topic we have been tracking involves the” maximum tolerable period of disruption” (MTPD) concept, which was introduced to the business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) community by BS 25999.

Our staff found the results of a recent survey recently posted on the Continuity Central website — a website where we often refer our readers — and entitled, “ MTPD: WHAT BUSINESS CONTINUITY PROFESSIONALS THINK ABOUT IT AND HOW THEY CALCULATE IT”, and, which we would like to point out  to our readers.

One of the major findings in the survey revealed that the majority of respondents (87%) believe that they understand the MTPD concept, 10% aren’t sure whether or not they understand it, and 3% do not understand what MTPD is at all.

Other summary findings quoted in the posting are:

1)     Overall 56.5 percent of respondents think that MTPD is a useful concept. 21.5 percent say that it is not useful and 22 percent are unsure.

2)     When broken down by organizational size,  there are some interesting and significant differences. Small organizations (1-99 staff) are the most positive, with 79 percent of respondents from these organizations stating that MTPD is a useful concept. 55 percent of large organizations (500+ staff)  agree that this is the case. However, only 33 percent of medium sized organizations (100-499 staff) think that it is useful. 50 percent of the latter said it was not useful and 17 percent were unsure.

CLICK HERE to read the posting and the listing of other responses to this survey.

If applicable, please pass this information along to the business continuity planners or even the network security assessment or network security plan team leaders in your organization.

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