Government organisations provide services that are key to the proper functioning of our society. Both citizens and companies depend on the services provided by those government institutions. A failure of such an institution to deliver its services will not only impact the government and its employees, but may also seriously impact these citizens and companies. Some government organisations must even be considered as critical infrastructures, as their outage would impact a whole country or region.
To fulfill their missions, government institutions depend on resources such as people, buildings, supplies or information technology. But these resources are vulnerable to threats such as technological or natural disasters, pandemic, or failure of a critical supplier. It is therefore imperative that government institutions take the necessary measures to limit the probability of disruptive events and to limit the impact of such events: they need effective business continuity management (BCM).
Deloitte has assisted many public organisations, both on European and Belgian level, in enhancing their continuity capabilities. We have developed a framework that offers a unique combination of business and technological aspects, using a risk-based, modular and long-term sustainable approach. Thanks to the extensive experience of our Belgian BCM team in the public sector, we better understand the specific threats and vulnerabilities of government organisations. In addition, we have considerable experience in applying internationally accepted standards such as BS 25999 and Belgian and European legal or regulatory requirements.
Deloitte can assist clients either by evaluating existing processes and plans to provide pragmatic recommendations for improvement, or by helping to build new BCM processes and plans with the client. In both scenarios, our approach leads to cost-effective decisions that safeguard the future and long-term continuity of the client.