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BUCOPCI: Business Continuity Planning for Critical Infrastructures

A set of publicly available guidelines to be released by July 2013 will facilitate and reduce the cost of developing and implementing business continuity and security plans.

Project dates 13/07/2011 - 12/07/2013
Total budget€611 712
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorIsdefe (Systems Engineering for the Defence of Spain) (Spain)
Project Partners
  • Sistemas Informáticos Abiertos Group (Spain)
  • Vicomtech (Visual Interaction and Communication Technologies Centre) (Spain)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Associate PartnersCNPIC (National Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection) (Spain)

Project Description

BUCOPCI is a research project promoting and supporting the development of methodologies to protect critical infrastructures. It also supports the exchange of knowledge and experience in order to identify best practices. BUCOPCI’s main focus is on business continuity and security plans for critical infrastructures, and most of the studies undertaken within this project address information technology systems in the transport sector.

Most EU countries are currently working on specific legislation for critical infrastructures. The majority of this legislation will require critical infrastructure operators to define and implement business continuity and security plans. BUCOPCI is different in that, with the help of EU funds, the project will produce a set of guidelines, available to the public, which aim to make easier and cheaper the task of developing and implementing business continuity and security plans, and to ensure that the end product is resilient.

Benefits and results

The principal output of the ongoing BUCOPCI project is a set of ‘Guidelines for Business Continuity Planning and for setting-up Critical Infrastructures Operators Security Plans’. These guidelines should be flexible enough to be applicable to any transport sector and should be cost-efficient by the time of their implementation. The guidelines will be released to the public by July 2013.

By the end of the project, BUCOPCI will also have released a state-of-the-art study in Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Critical Infrastructure Operators Security Plan (CI OSP) standards. The study will include a preliminary analysis of the implementation of business continuity and security plans for critical infrastructures in the Spanish transport sector.

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