Protecting your business is more than just making sure you have the right solutions at the right time. It also means protecting your clients. It means protecting your vendors. Business continuity is an important part of that protection.
What is Business Continuity?
Business continuity means having a plan in place in case your business stops for any reason.If you can’t afford NOT to do business, then you need a plan in place for when the worst happens. The plan might include how you recover a backup, replace faulty hardware, or find a new place to do business.
Disaster recovery is an important part of business continuity. Disasters can include a fire, earthquake, or a malicious employee. A disaster might mean that you can’t do business for some time.
What is in the Plan?
A good business continuity plan includes many of these points, as well as others which might be unique to your business.
- Backups: How often, where they are stored, and how they are recovered?
- Contact Lists: Who is notified when there’s a problem? Which kinds of problems are worth notifying for?
- Staffing & Facility: Where are staff to be working from? Is there agreements with other businesses to share space?
- Hardware: If a server fails, how soon does it need to be restored?
- Customer Contacts: How will you contact your customers? What will they need from you if you are sharing the same disaster?
- The Plan Itself: Business changes, and so do the people, technology, and importance of different parts of your business. Regular reviews must be part of the plan.
How We Help?
First of all, we work with you to help you define your plan. While our expertise isn’t in facilities or staffing, we can give you the framework of what you need to have, and you can just fill in the blanks.
We help you determine your Recovery Time Objectives: How long can your computers and servers be offline? How long can you have staff, partners, and customers wait for you to get back in business?
We help manage your Recovery Point Objectives: How much data can you afford to lose? Are nightly backups sufficient? You might lose an entire day of work if you have a late afternoon crash.
By using our managed services, we offer additional protection that meets your compliance requirements:
- Managed Services: Anti-virus, connectivity and back-up. Regular reports and health checks. Helps maintain availability.
- Managed Backup: Data, archive and continuity services. Vulnerability and virus management. Gets you up and running faster.
- Managed Risk Intelligence: Quarterly risk audit. Planning and testing. Reduces risk of downtime.
Contact us today to learn more about these plans and how to give you the reassurance that your business is ready for ANYTHING!