4 Essential Phases of Business Continuity Planning

by Jul 15, 2016Business Continuity

Do you know the phases of business continuity planning?

If you’re a business owner, chances are you’ve been met with reports of increased ransomware and cyber attacks among small and medium-sized businesses. Rumors of business’ data breach and data loss surface on a near-daily basis. Many small and medium-sized businesses have been crippled by the costs of recovering after a cyber attack.

In many cases, a small or medium-sized business will never regain their former level of success and productivity after they’ve become the victim of a data breach.

Simply put, cyber criminals are getting past small business’ best efforts to defend against threats. That said, more than 50% of small businesses have experienced an attack in the last 12 months. Whats more, over one-third don’t have a clue how they were attacked. With these statistics, how can a business be expected to successfully defend itself?

More importantly, how can you better prepare your business to survive if it becomes the next target of an incident—or worse, a full-blown data breach?

Focus on a Strategy that Includes All Phases of Business Continuity Planning

The answer is to focus beyond simply defending yourself. You must consider implementing a plan to ensure your business stays up and running in the event of a cyber attack. A careful approach to all phases of business continuity planning is the only way to safeguard your future if your business becomes the next target.

When considering the essential phases of business continuity planning, keep these four points below in mind. Talk with your IT business continuity partner to expand in ways that will benefit your business’ specific needs:

  • First, form a dedicated Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery response team.
  • Then, determine your business’ most critical functions and most sensitive data. Use this information to guide you in the next steps.
  • Next, develop a disaster recovery plan for backup and recovery. Be sure to include an on-site, off-site, and cloud-based backup and data protection system.
  • Lastly, thoroughly test your Business Continuity Plan on a regular basis.

Invenio IT is an industry leader in business continuity, data protection, and IT services. We focus on IT security, continued business productivity and your business’ ultimate success. If you think your business could benefit from a business continuity strategy, contact us for a free assessment.

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