Disaster: Anything that disrupts a business significantly enough to cause outage and loss of revenue generation.
Is your business disaster-proof? Disasters come in many different guises and whether they are physical threats such as a flood or fire, or something more intangible such as a hacking of your data, the effects can be devastating.
Disasters do not discriminate. Big corporations or small family-run businesses will all suffer from some kind of crisis at some point, uncovering a multitude of burning questions.
What if you can’t access your offices? Will your key staff members be able to work remotely? What if you lose your billing data and can’t invoice your customers? Or all of your open orders? What if you lose your payroll information and can’t pay your staff? These questions are not meant to alarm you but it gives you an idea of how financially and operationally crippling a disaster can be.
Businesses are increasingly virtual these days. If, for example, you plan adequate back-ups of your most crucial information, you can easily resume some of your most important administrative functions remotely. With the advancements of the cloud and internet, the ability to have an affordable disaster recovery solution hosted in the cloud is more accessible than ever before. Such solutions also enable companies to test their data recoverability quickly and easily. There are solutions that can do this without the need to utilise any disk space for testing which reduces the cost of such tests dramatically. It also speeds up testing in the already overly busy schedule of the IT professional. Some solutions have the ability to backup physical servers in such a way that the operating system can be recovered into a virtual environment immediately.
Manage unsettling times with a plan. With foresight and planning you can turn an incredibly unsettling time for your employees, customers and suppliers into one that is easily managed with a Business Continuity Plan. Whatever the size of your business, such a plan is the least expensive insurance any company can have. It details how employees will stay in touch and keep doing their jobs in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Disaster recovery of computer systems and data is a subset of Business Continuity .Business Continuity covers redundancy of systems – e.g. generators in case of power outage or the ability to move to secondary premises should there be loss of infrastructure so that employees can continue their tasks down to recovering data and services. It is important to understand and establish what the basic requirements are to keep your business running should a disaster occur and have a solid, well- rehearsed plan to recover and then maintain the business in such cases.
This guide will explore all the types of disasters than could happen to your business and aims to open your eyes to all the contingency plans that could be put in place – including an easy-to-follow 12-step plan at the end of the document.