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COEF-1 Identification of Essential Functions


Mission and business essential functions are identified for priority restoration planning.

MAC / CONF Impact Subject Area
MACIII Low Continuity


Although many threats and vulnerabilities can be mitigated, some threats cannot be prevented.  Therefore, it is important to be prepared and minimize the impact of an emergency by identifying and prioritizing mission and business essential functions for restoration planning.

1. Mission and business essential functions shall be identified for priority restoration planning and documented in a contingency plan.
2. Business process managers and accountable executives shall be involved in the identification of essential functions for which disruption will result in significant financial and/or operational losses.
3. The prioritized restoration plan shall be periodically reviewed and updated.


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