Does Your Business Have A Business Continuity Plan?
By Thom Ripple on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Disaster can strike at anytime and in most cases with little or no warning. To protect your clients and your business in the event of an emergency should cover all the basics. Both managed service providers and the companies they support should have a business continuity plan as well as a disaster recovery plan to contain the damage that results from man-made or natural disasters.
Understand the need
Many companies are so busy in the here and now they fail to think about the “what ifs” that could be right around the corner. When all is well, it is easy to overlook the need for a business continuity plan. Unfortunately if you wait until you need a plan to devise a plan it will be too late. A business continuity plan will outline the steps your company will take immediately after a disaster takes place to determine how you will continue operations as well as recover and restore any compromised data.
Work with your managed service provider
Managed service providers offer many services that are vital to your day-to-day operations. A good managed service provider will offer advice on how to develop your BCP and explain the services they can provide in the event of a disaster.
Develop, test and update your BCP
Writing a BCP is just the first step. Your entire staff must be prepared for disaster and trained accordingly. Mandatory training and testing is needed to spot weaknesses in the plan. Once you feel your plan is effective and everyone is prepared for a disaster, don’t fall into a false sense of security. Your BCP should be routinely tested and updated to reflect your current operating systems.
Disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans are necessary if you want your business to make it through any natural or man-made disasters. By working closely with your managed service provider you can rest assured that all your bases are covered when disaster strikes.