A Brilliant Business Continuity Definition for SMBs

by | Jan 16, 2015 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

A Brief Business Continuity Definition

It’s hard to run a business. And without planning and preparing for whatever the future may bring, it’s easy to fail at running a business. Here is a brief business continuity definition, as well as some of the things a good business continuity plan consists of.

* Business continuity, in its simplest terms, is the processes and procedures you put in place to ensure that the business continues to function during and after a disaster.

* Disasters can be of the natural variety — floods, earthquakes, power failures, or even fires. Or they can be technological — a computer virus or a data security breach, for example.

* 20 percent of business will suffer from a disaster of some sort this year, and 80 percent of business who don’t have a recovery plan will fail within 13 months following a disaster.

* An important aspect in developing a disaster recovery plan is determining which business functions are critical to the company’s continuance and protecting those functions first.

* Computers and servers are most often core functions of a business’ operations. Protecting your data and your servers is, therefore, one of the integral parts of your business continuity plan.

* When technology-related disasters such as viruses or hardware problems strike, fast and professional data recovery services. It is important that employees understand through your policy and disaster recovery plan that seeking professional help produces far better an outcome than attempting to “fix” the problem on your own.

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* Your business continuity plan should address policies for the backup and recovery of your critical information and systems, including on-site and off-site storage.

* Also addressed by policy should be IT security services, which will prevent vulnerabilities to viruses, spam, and other issues that can put your network’s data at risk. IT services will also provide you with the most up-to-date capabilities available and prevent your infrastructure from becoming obsolete.

There are many pieces to the protection and recovery of important technological functions. Business plans should include on and offsite storage of important files and applications. While you can’t prevent every disaster from happening, you can avoid many of the technology related disasters with data security solutions and network monitoring by experts trained to spot issues before they become disasters. For more information on developing a business continuity plan and how Invenio IT can help with that plan, contact us.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.