5 Common Business Continuity Plan Mistakes To Avoid

by | Jun 16, 2017

If you’ve already created a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, you’re well on your way to preventing downtime and data loss. There are some common business continuity plan mistakes that could easily derail your plans, though. A business continuity plan needs to be an evolving, living strategy and needs to adapt as your business grows, as the security risk climate changes and as technology evolves. Recent outbreaks like WannaCry left some businesses stuck – even if they had a plan – simply because the plan was not fully implemented or did not address the specific vulnerabilities exploited by this news-making ransomware.

Don’t make these Business Continuity Plan Mistakes.

If your disaster recovery plan is going to be useful, it needs to be well thought out and current – and you need to actually be able to follow it. Here are some of the most common errors businesses make when it comes to planning for continuity, and how to fix them.

  1. Addressing the wrong risks: It’s easy to get stuck on just the points that came across in a business risk assessment, or to worry about only those topics that make headlines. Cybercriminals can exploit your business in a variety of ways and don’t always do what we expect. Creating a comprehensive plan that covers a variety of scenarios can help you discover weaknesses in your setup and patch them.
  2. Failing to prioritize: Ideally, you want every system you have to be fully operational every moment of every day of the year, but failing to prioritize can cost you when an emergency happens. Single out your truly vital systems to ensure you stay operational.
  3. No employee buy in: Management knows, but do your employees know what to do in the event of an emergency. A single employee who clicks a phishing link can put your business in jeopardy – but a single employee who knows what to do if their workstation is infected can also stop the spread of malware in its tracks. Properly trained employees can respond the right way during an emergency and keep things from getting worse.
  4. Being lax about backup: You’ve got a backup, so you’re good, right? Not so fast! While an effective backup system is one of your very best weapons in the fight against downtime, it only works if you are vigilant about errors and backing up your data regularly, or better yet have a business continuity solution and support that does all the heavy lifting for you. Remember, a single error could cause you to lose data in the event of an emergency.
  5. Failing to update: If your plan is more than a year old, it may not be comprehensive enough to cover some of the most recent ransomware and malware schemes, from this spring’s Google docs outbreak to the more recent WannaCry. Update your plan regularly to ensure it truly protects your business operations.
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Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!

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