Business Continuity: How to prepare for a bad day

By Helen Cole | 11/02/16 | IT Solutions, Telephone Systems

Putting in place a robust business continuity plan can feel a little daunting, so we have put together six helpful steps your business should consider when building and implementing your strategy.

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Did you know ONLY 27% of small businesses have a business continuity plan

A business continuity plan covers every aspect that is crucial to your business to be able to keep operational and recover as quickly & smoothly as possible from any type of disaster.

  1. Step One: Risk Assessment – What potential threats does your business face?
    • Natural disaster
    • Cyber threats
    • Theft
    • No power
    • Hardware failure
    • Internet outage
  2. Step Two: Business Impact Analysis – What would be the impact of an unplanned incident?
    • Loss of business
    • Effect on reputation
    • Loss of data
    • Loss of staff
  3. Step Three: Recovery Strategies – What is needed to keep your business operational?
    • Processes
    • People
    • Resources
    • Suppliers
    • Recovery times
  4. Step Four: Design and Implement – Create your plan of action…
    • IT disaster recovery plan
    • Alternative resources
    • Document workarounds
    • Organise recovery teams
  5. Step Five: Train and Test – How are you making sure your plan works?
    • Educate staff
    • Staff awareness
    • Mock test scenarios
  6. Step Six: Monitor, Maintain and Evolve – Are you continually updating & improving your plan?
    • New / changing threats
    • New technology
    • Structure / operation changes

Sources
[1] Databarracks Data Health Check 2015 Report
[2] Strategic Resource Institute

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Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind. If you need some help or advice putting yours together get in touch, we're happy to help.

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