Preparation can help a business to overcome many obstacles – including the range of unpredictable events that might be considered a “disaster.” From damage by nature to malicious intent by bad actors, there are many ways in which business continuity could be affected.
If the worst was to happen to your organisation, could your business cope?
What is disaster proofing and what does it means in terms of your business?
Business disasters can come in many different shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, it’s often not until an enterprise has gone through a disaster and seen the real impact it can have on people and profit that we start to think about protection.
By then, the damage has already been done, sometimes irreparably. From reduced income, to loss of customer trust and damage to reputation, the consequences of a failure to implement disaster proofing can be very broad. A “disaster” includes anything that brings daily business operations to a halt or significantly slows everything down. The list of situations that you should be prepared to protect against will depend on your business but could include:
- Damage to premises, such as fire or flood;
- A cyber attack or employee security breach;
- Hardware failures;
- Power outages;
- Explosions or terrorism;
- Civil unrest or workforce issues;
- Infrastructure breakdown;
- Hazardous chemical spills;
- Theft of stock, equipment or furniture;
- Damage as a result of vandalism.
Questions to ask yourself to test your readiness
- How would your business cope if servers were seriously damaged or destroyed?
- What back-ups do you have in place, e.g. for essential data, operating systems, customer information, critical software, passwords, key contact details and customer lists?
- Where are the backups stored and when was the last time that they were tested?
- If necessary, could you enable your workforce to carry on working remotely – what kind of technology do you have in place to support this?
- How much insurance protection do you have to cover loss of, or damage to, your network?
- What’s your recovery time objective i.e. how long would it take the business to get its networks and systems up and running again – and to replace key equipment - after a disaster has taken place?
- Is there a disaster recovery plan in writing and who are the key people who will implement it if that becomes necessary?
- How is your data protected in the event of a disaster and how is it recoverable?
Solutions to have in place to keep your business disaster proof
Being prepared for a disaster will give your business the opportunity to recover quickly. The faster you are able to react to a negative situation, the less damage will be done and the sooner operations can return to normal. When it comes to disaster proofing your business there are some simple solutions.
Backing up key systems and data in the cloud provides a secure and off-site solution that won’t be affected by disasters that befall your premises.
A simple, unambiguous plan for business continuity in the event of a disaster will provide clarity so that everyone knows what needs to happen to ensure a swift recovery.
Keeping critical elements of your business infrastructure off-site means that they will be able to survive any physical disasters.
Robust network monitoring
24/7 monitoring means you’ll be alerted at the first sign of a problem and able to take steps to contain it quickly.
Work with a trusted and experienced partner
From data storage and recovery through to back-ups and planning, working with the right partner can ensure all your bases are covered.
If you’re looking to make sure that your business is as disaster proof as possible, a managed service can provide exceptional coverage. An experienced and insightful service provider will help to ensure that your business is fully supported if the worst does happen.