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Do You Have a Business Continuity Plan?

When you are a business owner, you have employees and their families that count on you. They count on you to keep your business running successfully to keep their paychecks coming.  They count on you to make good business decisions to help ensure their job security. They count on you to ensure that you have planned for the unexpected and ensure you can recover quickly from business interruptions. With that all being said, do you have a business continuity plan? A business continuity plan needs to encompass potential threats and risks facing a company, while also ensuring that personnel and assets are protected and able to function in the event of a disaster. Business continuity planning involves defining potential risks, determining how those risks will affect operations, implementing safeguards and procedures designed to mitigate those risks, testing those procedures to ensure that they work, and periodically reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date.

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It is not every day that a major disaster occurs, but it is very common for small disasters such as server failures and fires to occur. All of these events are unplanned, so without preparing for them ahead of time, you don’t stand a chance at quick recovery from them.  Creating a business continuity strategy takes time and some expert guidance. Here are steps you should follow when developing your business continuity plan:

  • Conduct a business impact analysis to identify urgent or critical business functions and processes and resources
  • Identify, document, and implement a solution that can recover critical business functions and processes
  • Assemble a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business outage
  • Conduct training for the business continuity team, include testing and exercises to evaluate recovery strategies and the overall plan

It is not enough anymore for a business to just have a backup solution. Bundling that solution with a disaster recovery solution is a necessity in today’s business world. Creating a business continuity plan that outlines how you will use this bundled security solution makes good business sense. Being as prepared as you can for the unexpected may one day be to thank for saving your business. Need some help getting started? 2W Tech is a full service IT Consulting firm that has experience with security solutions and business continuity plans and can help your business prepare for the future. Give us a call today.

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