Business Continuity – Staying Prepared in Case of a Disaster

 

Is your organization prepared to stay in business in the event that the following disasters occur?
• Fire
• Flood
• Widespread illness
• Equipment breakdown
• Social unrest
• Human error
• Power outage
• Cyber attack

You should consider any catastrophic events disrupting your company operations a threat. Fortunately, a business continuity plan can help your organization ensure important business services can continue during and after a disaster event.

Failure to prepare for a disaster can result in:
• Service and communication breakdowns
• Lost earnings
• Paying costs insurance does not cover
• Major team members leaving

 

Your organization should focus on keeping these business departments operating:
• Sales and order taking
• Customer support
• Billing
• Employee operations

 

Also, these key components are needed in order to continue operating your business
• Location
• Staffing
• Equipment, primarily phone systems, shared network drives, and applications

 

Your IT provider can help your organization develop a business continuity plan. This document will include:

Business Impact Analysis: Forecasts the outcomes of business operations disruption. You will list each negative consequence, such as data lost and broken communications. After that, you will determine the cost of these events in dollars and cents.
Disaster recovery plan: IT strategies to implement after a disaster
Business resumption plan: Plans for sustaining business services at your location.
Business recovery plan: Identify, document, and execute strategy to recover vital business functions and procedures for each department
Contingency plan: Planning work around procedures for specific systems failures or a disruption of operations. This can include an alternate work space or replacement laptop.

 

SwiftTech Solutions can assist your organization in preparing a business continuity plan. For more information, please contact us by calling 877-794-3811 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SOURCES

Reeder, J. Building and Maintaining a Business Continuity Program. Retrieved from: http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/white-papers/foundstone/wp-business-continuity.pdf
Symatec. Disaster Recovery Planning Guide . Retrieved from: https://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/white_papers/b-disaster-recovery-planning-guide-WP-21319723.pdf
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Potts, J. Disaster Recovery Is Not Business Continuity. (2013, January 4). Retrieved from: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/01/04/disaster-recovery-is-not-business-continuity/
Lindros, K. and Tittel, E. How to Create an Effective Business Continuity Plan. (2013, November 14). Retrieved from: http://www.cio.com/article/2381021/best-practices/how-to-create-an-effective-business-continuity-plan.html
Ready.gov. Business Continuity Plan. Retrieved from: https://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/continuity
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Margiottiello, M. and Chao, H. Contingency Planning: Addressing Critical Business Processes That Support Implementation of HIPAA Transactions. (2003, February 12). Retrieved from: https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/computer-data-and-systems/mmis/downloads/contingency.pdf

 

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