Disasters, whether acts of nature or man-made mishaps, can strike unexpectedly at any organization. Recovering from a catastrophe can be very demanding, expensive, and time-consuming â€“ especially for those who havenâ€™t taken preventative measures and preparations.
Small to medium-sized businesses usually think that disaster plans are only important for large enterprises. However, these days even small businesses canâ€™t afford to operate without a disaster plan. Plus, recent technology innovations make disaster planning reasonably priced for virtually every business, regardless of size.
For any business owner, three objectives exist for disaster planning: Â 1) the assurance of never losing critical information, 2) reducing downtime when emergencies happen, and 3) quick recovery after a loss of data.
These three objectives translate into three IT services:
The process of protecting your data by copying it to a secure device so that it can be easily and and quickly recovered in case of loss.
- Disaster recovery
The process of reinstating crucial business data and procedures after a disaster happens.
- Business Continuity
A carefully constructed plan that specifies exactly how your company will recover and re-establish disrupted functions after disaster strikes.
Of these three tasks, Business Continuity is the most comprehensive since it entails much more than a simple discussion of IT mattersâ€”itâ€™s a thorough, systematic action plan. And though you definitely need to consider protecting your IT infrastructure and data, you must also consider what you and your staff should do if a disaster occurs. Is there a meeting place where your staff could gather in the event of a building evacuation? Do you have a plan to get in touch with all your staff and their emergency contacts to relay important information? Is there a way for you to communicate with customers to advise when youâ€™ll resume operations? What will you do if one of your main dealers experiences a disaster?
The significance of these three services should never be taken lightly, but unfortunately many small and medium-sized businesses ignore them.Â Why? Simply because when people think about disaster, the first things that pop in their minds are earthquakes, floods, and fires, and they figure thereâ€™s a low chance of those happening. But remember that there are also human-induced disasters such as hackers, unhappy employees who sabotage, and employees who thoughtlessly erase important data. Any of these could easily happen to you.
You may already have a backup system in place, and perhaps, you have all threeâ€”backup, disaster recovery, and a business continuity plan. However, since business goals and technical environments constantly change, your plan requires regular assessment to ensure itâ€™s still accomplishing all your needs. We can assist you in evaluating your existing disaster preparedness or suggest options if you donâ€™t have plans yet. Contact us now for more details on how we can help you.