Why Business Continuity Planning should be on Your Agenda
What would happen if your building burnt down tomorrow? What if your system was hacked and all your data stolen? Everything was just gone. How would you continue? Shocking as this seems, this will be somebody’s reality this year.
If your business closed down, even for a few weeks, you would be surprised at the impact that would have. Customers would have to seek your product elsewhere and your competitors will jump in to provide that option for them. Your staff may decide they cannot wait around and you could lose expertise that is hard to replace. All in all, it would be a complete disaster for your business, one you may not recover from.
Resilience is the key when it comes to business continuity planning. Having the resilience to know where there is risk, putting a plan in place to reduce any impacts and knowing you can get back on track. It’s planning for what we hope won’t happen but knowing that if it does, we can get back up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Your business data is at the core of your operations. Having this critical information in the right place is very important. By ensuring that it is held in a secure location off site you will reduce the risks significantly. Also ensuring backups are scheduled at timely intervals will result in an easier return to business.
When the worst occurs you require a complete recovery after the incident. You want to prevent too much disruption in order to get back working again. You want your phone lines to be diverted, a new temporary premises to operate from and easy access to your systems – a ‘business as usual’ scenario.
Business Continuity not only involves making a plan, it also means testing that plan to ensure it will work in the case of emergency. It’s like the regular fire drill you do. Managing the whole process from design, planning and implementation needs the expertise of an IT specialist.
To discuss business continuity planning or disaster recovery planning you can speak with the expert team at DNA IT Solutions.