Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans

What do you need to know about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for your business?

Sometimes in life and business the unexpected will happen. There are many events that could occur that would seriously disrupt your business. Buildings catch fire, floods happen, you could have theft. When your business is experiencing downtime often money will be lost.

After a major event or disaster occurs the longer your business is unable to operate the more money it could lose. If your business stays out of action for too long your business might not survive.

The key is to have a comprehensive business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan to get your business up and running quickly and effectively after a catastrophic event.

Business Continuity Plan

A Business Continuity plan is a plan that describes how your business will operate in the event of a disaster. It is a plan that describes how staff might access data or capture data. It is a plan that describes how all the data comes together once everything is up and running.

Your business continuity plan can save you lots of dollars. It’s good to be organise and to know how you might operate in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Disaster Recovery Plan

A Business Continuity plan is a plan that describes how your business will operate in the event of a disaster. It is a plan that describes how staff might access data or capture data. It is a plan that describes how all the data comes together once everything is up and running.

Your business continuity plan can save you lots of dollars. It’s good to be organise and to know how you might operate in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Examples of the types of loss suffered may include one or more of the following

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File and Data Loss

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Power Outage

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Human Error

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Full loss of site and system in the event of a major event such as a flood

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Equipment Theft

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Faulty Hardware

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Loss of key staff members

The disaster recovery plan will enable the required response to be identified quickly, and to be implemented quickly and efficiently. The disaster recovery plan that we put in place may have a couple of stages.

In business, a coordinated approach is best. You might choose to implement a cloud strategy which alleviates some of the risk of onsite disaster events. For instance, if you lost power at your premises or there was flooding at your premises, employees can still go home and work on their files if your data is in the cloud, and your cloud approach has been setup in a redundant manner.

Stage 1

Determining the hardware requirements – This involves identifying the type of disruptive event. It involves establishing whether the recovery process requires hardware to be purchased, software to be reinstalled, or data to be restored. We also identify the list of numbers and support documentation required to lodge support cases with each individual vendor.

Stage 2

Component and Data Recovery Systems – We will make sure that a plan is in place to get your internet and data services up and running again as quickly as possible. We also outline a plan for data recovery from backup media or the cloud.

Many business owners don’t see the value in creating disaster and recovery plan until they have experienced an event in their business.

We believe every business should have a disaster and recovery plan in place that staff can follow.

Occasionally, when disasters happen, business owners maybe overseas, or in a meeting, not able to be contacted within that day. If there is a business and recovery plan in place then staff can begin to execute the plan.

We feel that if businesses do experience any disaster regarding their IT that their first port of call should be their IT company.

We believe that reviewing plans regularly is a must. Things change in business, backup methods change, location of data changes, software applications change. So we believe that your disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan should be updated in a regular basis.

We also believe that a routine security audit should be conducted at your business especially if there are regular IT changes. Regardless of how good your company IT company maybe, people still make mistakes. We therefore believe that regular security audits are a must, when an IT security specialist sits down and go through every item on your network and looks for security loopholes.

If you would like a disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan, or security audit conducted for your business, please contact us on 1300 760 339.