Any small business could get ahead of the pack by developing a data backup and disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan (BCP). Research shows that small businesses frequently overlook preparation for natural and man-made disasters. Data backup, as well as disaster recovery plans, take time. It costs money to put an effective BDP in place, not to mention that ongoing testing, patience, and practice are required. There is ample evidence, however, that data backup, disaster recovery plans, and BCP are worth the investment. Some examples follow.
Thinking ahead can prevent a natural disaster from turning into disorganized chaos, as countless hotels have discovered. Many savvy hotel managers, however, have developed a BDP which involves coordination with government agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hotels make advance arrangements to operate as a disaster recovery site and provide coordination to local emergency managers so that displaced persons can be located. The hotels also partner with FEMA so that they are pre-booked for displaced families, and the families that seek shelter receive FEMA assistance. Preparation includes having backup power and emergency food ready and working with government subsidies.
Data is an essential asset for most organizations. When data is lost, stolen, or compromised, a business can suffer devastating losses or go out of business altogether. With a BCP in place that ensures data is backed up in intervals that ensure survival after a disaster, a business can often continue providing services with little delay, which greatly minimizes if not prevents total catastrophe.
IT systems are foundational to modern businesses. Too often, that foundation is unsteady. Unpredictable outages, insecure networks, and unreliable performance from mission-critical systems can jeopardize your entire business.
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