Why Business Continuity is not the Ugly Red-Headed Stepchild
Why business continuity is needed now more than ever.
Every–single–day we are inundated with stories about the latest hacks and the importance of cybersecurity. Literally, in just the past year there have been dozens of high profile attacks that penetrated businesses such as Sony Pictures to the Federal Government and the “continues to be topical”, Ashley Madison. So, why business continuity is so important. . .
While cybersecurity (or perhaps archaic technology – such as the case at the NYSE and United airlines) is a serious issue that needs to be addressed ASAP, the infiltrations is only half the story. What happens after the interruption is detected? Are businesses able to stay up and running, even in the face of a man-made or technological disaster? For most companies—large or small, the answer is an astonishing “no”. The federal government took WEEKS to get back to business as usual—which is a luxury that most companies do not have. So, while cyberserurity is understandably the story du jour, it isn’t a complete one. There will always be threats—some of which cannot be stopped– the real question is how well will you weather the storm. Hopefully, you are no longer wondering why business continuity planning is so important.
That said, here are a few steps to better business continuity:
- Get Ready
- Save data to a local device and replicate it to a secure cloud—on a routine basis! And, make sure you have image-based backup technology to ensure a “picture” of your entire system is taken, so that all files, applications, emails, etc. are recoverable. Backups are verified via email “snapshots”.
- Go Time
- Ensure you have technology in place that notifies you automatically when a disruption is recognized. Once detected, virtualize your entire system to a local device in seconds, while a team works to restore the production server.
- Continue with Business as Usual
- Sit back and enjoy true business continuity. Even if physical damage to servers or data, image-based technology protects you and your business against data loss and very costly downtime.
We’d love to talk more about why business continuity is so important and introduce technology that can be used to minimize long-term damage after a cyberhack. Click to contact us to make sure your business is prepared for cyberattacks and beyond.