Disaster Preparedness Starts with IT

September is considered the pinnacle of the Hurricane Season for Caribbean and Atlantic Sea coast dwellers alike. If you have lived long enough in these areas, you know the importance of having a disaster preparedness plan of action so that these events do not catch you off guard. Should any less be done for your business continuity plan?

Business owners find themselves also in the need to create action plans when they find that their network structure and possible productivity can be greatly affected by these forces of nature. But this is not the only menace companies face. As we have discussed in previous articles, cyber attackers are on the rise and pose a destructive threat that can rival some storms. Organizations can be crippled in seconds without the proper strategy to deal with outside the terrorizing threats of these cybercriminals.

A business continuity plan (BCP) can be a further embracing plan than your traditional disaster recovery initiatives. The BCP is a document that outlines how a business will continue operating during an unplanned disruption in service. Generally, it will include a checklist that lists supplies and equipment, data backups, and backup site locations. It can also identify plan administrators and include contact information for emergency responders, key personnel, and backup site providers. Plans may provide detailed strategies on how business operations can be maintained for both short-term and long-term outages.

 

Is your business ready? Your BCP is a document that outlines how a business will continue operating during an unplanned disruption in service.

 

The BCP would also contain strategies for handling IT disruptions to networks, servers, personal computers, and mobile devices. Additionally, it should cover how to reestablish office productivity and enterprise software so that key business needs can be met. Manual workarounds should be outlined in the plan, so operations can continue until computer systems can be restored.

These actions need not wait to be at the height of any threatening season. It’s important to have a business continuity plan in place now to identify and address resiliency synchronization between business processes, applications, and IT infrastructure. An organization can still endure and thrive during any potential disaster, natural or manmade when they develop a thorough business continuity plan across their company structure.

FPV & Galíndez can evaluate your organization’s current BCP or can assist you in creating a comprehensive new plan that will protect you and your investments against any potential danger. Learn more about how here.