|Financial Audit Division Report 08-07||Released March 7, 2008|
The State of Minnesota does not have adequate continuity of operations plans to ensure the timely recovery of critical services and operations in the event of a disruption.
We assessed business continuity controls as of November 2007.
A continuity of operations plan is a documented plan used by an organization to respond, recover, resume, and restore people, business processes, and technology from a disruption. A disruption can result from many events, including disasters like tornadoes, floods, fires, or widespread illnesses. Other events like computer viruses, computer failures, terrorism, or chemical spills can also cause disruptions in an organization’s operations. In addition to continuing to provide critical services during major business interruptions, government has the added responsibility of continuing governance itself.