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3 tips to kick-start your business continuity plan

Whether you are a business leader or departmental decision maker business continuity is an area that needs to be addressed. In 2016 there is a growing list of threats that hang over businesses; data breaches, cyber-attacks, natural disasters. Any one of these can result in major downtime and lead to extensive damage.

These are dramatic circumstances but they can unfortunately happen at any time. Putting solid plans and strategic measures in place to limit the level of disruption to your business is vital.

What’s your business continuity plan?

Even on a smaller scale, any form of downtime can be harmful. Customer expectations are at an all-time high. If you are unable to fulfil customer needs they can contact a competitor in just a few clicks.

Every business is technology dependant in some way or another. It’s critical to have a backup plan to ensure issues such as internet failure or (worst case scenario) a data breach does not significantly interrupt your business.

Failure to consistently backup and put measures in place to overcome these incidents can be disastrous.

Start improving your business continuity

Bad news over – let’s focus on what can be done to improve business continuity:

Evaluate the cost of downtime

To better understand how to approach business continuity it’s important to understand what downtime means in your business. Focus on potential business loss, data loss and any additional factors that come into play if your business suffered downtime. If you operate in a regulated sector remember to take into account compliance and financial penalties.

Focus on your priorities

It’s crucial to assess business continuity from all perspectives within the business. This being said however start with the key processes and applications in your business. If your service depends on these then you need to put measures in place to get these back up and running as a priority.

Pay attention to the details

To build an effective business continuity plan look at the minor details. For example, if you need to backup data to a safe environment on a regular basis – Where are you backing up? How are you routinely managing this backup procedure? Focus on the details to build a consistent, robust business continuity plan in your organisation.

This is just the beginning. Now that you have identified the crucial need for business continuity and reviewed steps to get started, it’s time to apply this to your business.

For more advice on this topic, engage with a member of our team.

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