As a company or organization, you have put operational processes into place to service your customers and perform your everyday functions as efficiently as possible. Your customers, partners, vendors and employees are accustomed to your organization running in a certain way. Everybody takes for granted that your systems will always be available.

Unfortunately, circumstances occur that disrupt processes and infrastructures, and if you don’t have an approved, tested and practiced business continuity plan in place to quickly recover your data and resume your business operations, you can lose ground regarding revenue, customers, projects and potential business. Can you survive a data disaster?

This is why it is vital for you to have a data recovery and business continuity plan. Business continuity is all about maintaining business operations following a disaster. A disaster can come in the form of a robbery or vandalism of your IT systems, a busted sprinkler that destroys your IT infrastructure, a computer virus that destroys your data at hand, or an employee who accidently deletes important files.

The Disaster Recovery Institute International defines business continuity as: “The ability of an organization to provide service and support for its customers and to maintain its viability before, during and after a business threatening continuity event.” This mean that recovering important computing systems along with company data is a part of business continuity in addition to the physical location of your business, employees, equipment, inventory, and transportation & distribution channels.

Here are some points you need to consider for your business continuity plan:

  • What are your key vulnerability points?
  • Have you implemented preventative measures for your identified liabilities? (Moved important hardware away from sprinklers; installed a gas-powered generator, etc.?)
  • What systems and data do you need recovered first to conduct business as usual?
  • How long can you go without certain systems and data before it negatively affects operations? (An hour, a half-day, a few days?)
  • What do your customers, business partners, vendors and employees require to continue their normal operations?
  • Have you identified what employees are responsible for the recovery of the different parts of your operations?
  • Do you have executive approval and buy in?
  • Are you following service level agreements that are in place? Legal and regulatory standards?

The above is just a short list of the items that need to be planned. Keep in mind that one of the biggest impediments to business continuity and disaster recovery planning is resistance on the part of executive management to provide adequate support and funding. Other organizational challenges include high levels of change taking place within a company, lack of support from business units, and no time dedicated for business continuity efforts.

Although large-scale natural disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes are rare, data disasters are fairly common. More and more, organizations are recognizing these threats and taking the proper steps to mitigate the effects on their business, and creating and implementing formal business continuity plans to help ensure their survival.

If your organization needs assistance with developing and implementing a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, please contact the experts at NexusTek at 303.773.6464 or http://www.nexustek.com/contact-us/.

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