Huffman Trucking Initial Risk Assessment Essay

1356 Words Oct 3rd, 2009 6 Pages
Huffman Trucking Initial Risk Assessment
Introduction
Huffman Trucking is a national transportation company based in Cleveland, Ohio. (UOP, 2009) The organization has 1,400 employees and 800 trucks on the road, with logistical hubs in California, New Jersey and Missouri. The company’s mission reads: “our mission is to be a profitable, growing, adaptive company in an intensively competitive logistical services benefit environment.” The focus of Huffman’s mission is on stockholders, customers, regulatory, employees, stakeholders and technology, which supports the company in accomplishing its mission.
Huffman’s mission is tied closely to its business continuity plan, focusing on the appropriate areas of high-level concern in the mission
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This focus is displayed in the decision to outsource 100% of information systems support. (UoP, 2009) This is a key issue and indicative of organizational dynamic issues from a business continuity standpoint as there is a single point of failure for Huffman’s entire information systems network. Provided that Huffman contracted with a single Information Systems firm, this decision demonstrates a very elementary regard for the network and the data contained within the databases for which the network holds. Huffman Trucking appears to be a firm that excels very well in its given market, even if the information systems function of the firm has been outsourced. However as mentioned above, decisions made by the firm appear to be made out of an effort to ensure the firm stays efficient even if it sacrifices disaster planning. For example, preventative maintenance is completed on the company’s fleet in one central location. (UoP, 2009) From an efficiency standpoint, this is a good idea in that all the equipment to conduct maintenance on the fleet is located in one place. From a disaster planning perspective, this is unwise as the building(s) used to conduct the maintenance could be lost due to fire, vandalism, or tornadoes. Additionally, should a firm asset break down on the road, it must be fixed on-site or towed to a central location for repair. If there were two locations

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