October 16, 2023 2 min read

Continency planning, often referred to as contingency planning, is a strategic and systematic approach that organizations employ to prepare for and mitigate potential disruptions, crises, or unforeseen events that could adversely impact their operations. The primary goal of contingency planning is to ensure business continuity by identifying risks, vulnerabilities, and potential threats, and then developing proactive strategies and measures to respond effectively when these events occur.

This process involves a comprehensive assessment of various scenarios, including natural disasters, cybersecurity breaches, supply chain disruptions, economic downturns, and more.

Contingency planning typically encompasses a range of activities such as risk assessment, resource allocation, crisis management protocols, and communication strategies. It also includes the creation of contingency plans, which are detailed documents outlining the steps to be taken during an emergency to minimize downtime, protect assets, and ensure the safety of employees and stakeholders.

These plans often outline roles and responsibilities, define decision-making processes, and establish clear lines of communication to facilitate a coordinated response. Overall, contingency planning is a crucial element of modern organizational management, enabling businesses to adapt to unexpected challenges and continue their operations as smoothly as possible during adverse circumstances.

Reporting Requirements

Specifically, Per CP-2 of NIST SP 800-53, organizations are to “Develop a contingency plan for the system…”.  The keyword here is “develop”, which means you need a plan in place for CP-2. 

How to Get Started

Start by downloading our world-class NIST RMF Security and Privacy Policies and Procedures templates at the Arlington Security Portal (ASP), which includes access to our contingency plan template for DoD & cleared contractors, Non-DoD contractors, and for federal contractors utilizing Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.   

How Arlington Can Help

We have years of experience working within the broader federal agency apparatus in helping federal contractors develop high-quality, well-written, policies and procedures and additional NIST RMF information security and privacy materials.  Our NIST RMF information security and privacy policies, procedures, programs, and plans have been used by thousands of federal contractors in helping organizations develop customized documentation for their growing security and compliance needs.

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