Data security and Business IT continuity can be a big problem for many small businesses, largely because hackers know most companies of this size do not impose tough security measures. This is usually due to either a lack of knowledge about the threats out there, or because the perceived cost of being protected is too high. Internet bots do not care how large or small a business is. They are just automated hacking programs going through a list. If your server or PC somehow makes it onto that randomly generated list then the damage caused can be extensive.
Business IT continuity is about having a plan to deal with difficult situations, so your organization can continue to function with as little disruption as possible.
Business continuity (BC) refers to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption, whether caused by a fire, flood or malicious attack by cybercriminals. A business continuity plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of such disasters; it covers business processes, assets, human resources, business partners and more. With over 100 collective years of experience, you can trust that our team will
Data Continuity planning which encompasses disaster recovery, paves way in minimizing the impact of a catastrophe on an enterprise, by making sure that alternate processes are in place to carry out key operational functions. It helps in not only preserving the assets in an enterprise but also enhances the ability of the enterprise to achieve its goal, retain acceptable levels of productivity, maintain high level of customer service and ensures it stays in the business. The Data Continuity is interchangeable with Business Continuity.
Benefits of Business Continuity
It gives you a competitive advantage: If you have a strong business continuity program it is likely that your competitors do not. This is something that you can use to your advantage. In today’s world the ability to respond, recover, and resume business operations as normal if a disruption occurs will help make you more appealing to potential business partners and customers.
It has the potential to save lives: Taking the time to create. A strong emergency and evacuation plan for your employees is essential. If you can’t get your employees out of the building in time, then the rest of your business continuity plan is essentially rendered useless.
It builds confidence among your employees: Employees who are well versed in the company’s business continuity plan have confidence in knowing that if a crisis arises there is a plan. A business continuity plan also prepares your employees to be able to handle smaller disruptions throughout the workday with little to no risk involved.
It builds confidence among your customers: When companies are transparent about their business continuity plans it instills a sense of confidence for their customers. They know that if the worst-case scenario happens then your company has a plan in place.
It helps mitigate your financial risk: Another benefit of business continuity is the mitigation of your financial risk. By creating the right backup process in place you are lessening the risk of a data breach, data loss, or system failure and the financial loss that can come with them
It protects your supply chain: If you’re familiar with the Business Impact Analysis, you know that it details the operations that are necessary to recover from any crisis. When you have that information and the plans to accompany it, every critical link in your supply chain will be protected in the event of a disruption, enabling you to continue delivering goods or services as promised.
It cultivates an organizational culture: We have found that companies that have a business continuity plan have in turn also strengthened the environment of the workplace too. When the plan is prevalent, employees will start to implement these processes in everything that they do.
It protects your brand reputation: Companies that aren’t prepared to handle disruptions risk appearing incompetent and unprepared to the public should an event arise, possibly stumbling over the next steps and mishandling communication. Your business continuity plan is the manual for a smooth recovery and helps to preserve the reputation you’ve worked hard to achieve.
It ensures compliance throughout industry standards: If you have adopted a set of standards then you can rest assured that your business is compliant with industry mandates.
It provides valuable business data: Business continuity produces tons of data—critical business units, critical tasks, recovery time objectives, financial impacts of a disruption, to name a few examples. It’s like having an encyclopedia of valuable data about your company’s operations.
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Disaster recovery (DR) is a subset of Business Continuity. It involves a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster.