If you could have predicted the future, what would you have done to prepare for the events of 2020?
Unfortunately, no one can ever know for sure how world events, market fluctuation, competition, employee behavior, or natural disasters will impact their organization.
That’s why you can never be too prepared, especially against the most subtle of these threats: cyberattacks. With the growing availability of information on online threats, astute leaders are taking calculated measures to ensure unexpected events don’t cause costly outages and tear down all the success that they’ve built.
Business continuity planning (BCP) is no longer an optional measure. It’s as essential as all your operations.
So, what are the essential ingredients for a truly effective BCP?
The business continuity plan essentials
If you’re not familiar with the base ingredients of a business continuity plan, make sure you:
- Determine the scope of your plan
- Conduct a risk analysis
- Identify recovery strategies
- Consult your IT staff (or your outsourced team)
Now that you know the basics, here’s what you need for a truly effective plan.
Your systems should be deployable from anywhere and to any cloud platform. A critical part of your plan is the ability to keep users productive while maintaining security and control over their access to corporate resources.
You should be able to recover one file, one server or the entire system. You should also be able to use the same disaster response plan to respond to a power outage, a data breach, a fire, or any other threat.
An effective plan is easily deployable and will let you recover your systems in a matter of minutes or hours. If it takes multiple days or weeks, you risk tens of thousands in financial losses.
You may have your organization’s most private data locked away behind passwords and admin restrictions, but what will happen when malware breaches your network? If you’re already using an off-site data center, your back-ups absolutely must be securely managed off-site and not impacted by attacks or ransomware of the on-premise systems. These back-ups need to be monitored, tested, and managed 24/7 by diligent IT staff.
Although you can’t always know how or when a disaster will strike, the odds are that your organization will experience one at some point in the future. How well your business continuity plan is designed and implemented will determine whether you sink or swim.
I’m ready to make my plan. How do I start?
There are quite a few approaches to business continuity planning, and not all will fit your organization’s needs. You can always consult experts to design a plan around your existing infrastructure to ensure your planning efforts pay off.
Vigilant Technologies specializes in preparing organizations for the future. If you want to get starting with your Business Continuity Plan, get in touch with us here.