3 major reasons you need business continuity planning consultants

by | Feb 13, 2017

Business continuity planning consultants are critically important to any business.

IT disasters and disruptions are a certainty for any business. The forms they take and the scope of their effects will vary, sometimes making them unpredictable, but they’re an ever-present threat. Businesses will have to confront them and minimize their damage.

Business continuity planning significantly increases the chances that a company will recover quickly and avoid unsustainable losses following an IT disaster. Whether it’s a cyber attack, a devastating storm, an equipment failure, a software error, or a major mistake by an employee, disruptive events may lead to protracted downtime and permanent data loss, making businesses bleed financially and lose customer trust.

Why are business continuity planning consultants essential?

1) Business Continuity Planning consultants take a long view of your business needs

Business continuity planning consultants help you anticipate future threats, helpful developments in technology, and the changing needs of your business over time.

For example, let’s look at cyber attacks we’ll likely see in the coming months and years. One recent article from Forbes points out vulnerabilities in mobile devices, successful attempts to bypass two-factor authentication, and the increased deployment of ransomware against SMBs.

Effective business continuity planning depends on a sophisticated understanding of both current and future threats, and the best ways to safeguard your data and critical business functions in response. Remember that cyber attacks are only one kind of potential disaster menacing your business. The consultants you work with will strategically plan for a variety of threats including those that don’t involve cyber crime.

They’ll also suggest solutions that will serve your business in the long run – flexible, scalable data backup methods, for example. This way, you’re never focusing only on your present concerns, but always considering the future as well.

2) Business Continuity Planning consultants work off of precise calculations

In general, businesses realize that downtime is harmful and permanent date loss can lead to severe costs. A recent article on server downtime from IT Pro Portal is just one example of the well-publicized costs of business disruption – how it prevents your employees from working productively and efficiently, chips away at their morale, and undermines customer relationships.

What businesses may struggle with are the precise calculations for how much downtime or data loss they can sustain before suffering crippling damage.

For instance, if your business website goes down (maybe due to a DDoS attack), how long can it stay down before you begin to suffer losses too significant to recover from? You can ask similar questions about particular kinds of files. Losing key financial documents will cost you a great deal more than the loss of old, irrelevant records from years ago that you no longer need for anything.

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How much time do you have to get your website up and running again after a disaster? How quickly should you be able to retrieve and restore certain kinds of data? Business continuity planning consultants will help you make these precise determinations.

3) Business Continuity Planning consultants have comprehensive plans

Companies sometimes operate with a poorly thought out patchwork of business continuity strategies. Maybe they rely on data backups, but they don’t check if the backups work reliably or if all types of data and devices are covered. It’s possible they’ve safely stored all copies of their data, but not in a way that makes for quick retrieval.

Business continuity planning consultants work to give you a comprehensive plan for bouncing back from a disaster. The plan covers all aspects of your business and is tailored to its particular needs. The consultants evaluate your business for vulnerabilities and come up with cost-effective solutions that work reliably.

To find out more about the benefits of business continuity planning consultants, please contact us. Disasters and disruptions are inevitable. You’ll have to face them, sometimes when caught off-guard. Your best bet is to make sure you can recover as quickly as possible, minimizing your losses and ensuring that your business continues to thrive.

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.

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