Business continuity is an incredibly vital part of running a company, but some smaller businesses underestimate just how important it is in the event of a disaster. Although FEMA estimates that more businesses are taking advantage of business continuity than ever before, not enough are.
Business continuity is something that must be planned for, practiced consistently, and updated as needed. Does your business have a business continuity plan?
Here are three things to keep in mind when putting together a quality business continuity plan.
Keep Each Department in Mind
Business continuity is not just about your IT infrastructure; it is something that applies to your entire organization. Each member of your in-house team needs to have a say in the plans. Input from everyone ensures that they can get back to work as soon as possible. By having each department part of the business continuity planning, recovery is much easier in the long run.
You’ll need to make sure that each department can access to their important data, their processes work efficiently, and that they have three points of contact within the organization.
The old saying goes, practice makes perfect. If your plan doesn’t work when it’s needed, it’s worthless. A good idea is to treat practicing your business continuity plan like a fire drill. When you practice the worst, you’ll ensure that your business will be able to recover in the event of a disaster successfully.
Practicing gets everyone on your team comfortable with the role they play in the business continuity plan. As you work through the process, you’ll notice areas of improvement. When this happens, you’ll need to update everyone involved in the plan.
The 3-2-1 Data Recovery Rule
A business continuity plan isn’t complete without data back up and disaster recovery. That’s the whole point of putting the plan together. You’ll want to backup your data automatically and regularly.
Manual backups could be subject to user error that would put the data at risk. What about that backup? You’ll want a backup for that too. You don’t want to have a perfect business continuity plan in place only for it to be ruined because the only backup was destroyed. One way to ensure that doesn’t happen is by following the 3-2-1 rule:
- You should have three backups of your data at the very least.
- Two of these should be stored on various types of media, such as a server, external
hard drive, USB drive, etc.
- One of these should be stored off-site, like in the cloud or a secure data center.
By using this method, if one of your data backups is destroyed it won’t ruin your business (or your comprehensive continuity plan).
IT Support Guys can help your business build a business continuity plan specifically designed to suit the needs of your organization.
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