An unexpected emergency can wipe out your business! A A business continuity includes having a well organized plan that provides direction and solutions during difficult times, like a natural disaster, so your organization can continue to function with as little downtime and disruption as possible. Your plan should also include a list of important contacts who should be informed of the disaster as well. This may be your C-level executives, HR managers, IT Manager, client facing managers, etc. Your plan should also include a list of all the software, plan can help it survive. But, what should a good business continuity plan cover? This blog will help provide a starting point for your organization!
First things first – Be sure to prepare:
A list of your key contacts
One of the most important elements in your business continuity plan is a list of all your important contacts who should be informed of the disaster. This can include all your C-level execs, HR managers, IT Manager, client facing managers, etc., It seems like a simple, and maybe not even an important task, but having this list prepared will save a ton of time and stress when the time comes.
A comprehensive list of your IT inventory
Your business continuity plan should contain a list of all the softwares, apps and hardware that you use in the daily operations of your business. This list should identify each of those as critical or non-critical and mention details pertaining to each of them such as:
- The name of the app/software
- Version/model number (for software/hardware)
- Vendor name and contact information for each of them
- Warranty/support availability details
- Contact information for customer support for these hardware/apps
- Frequency of usage
Data backups are critical to your As a business owner, you might have heard the term “disaster recovery” quite often. Having a DR plan can safeguard your business against a permanent shutdown. Your plan should include: a list of key contacts, list of softwares, apps, hardware, floor plans and locations, process definition, information about backups, and always, a plan B. and so your business continuity plan should include information about data backups. It should mention how often data is backed up, in what formats and where. It should also mention what data backups are available–ideally, you should be backing up ALL data already!
What’s your Plan B?
Make sure your business continuity plan lists a backup operations plan that will come into play in the event of a disaster. Examples include alternative workflows such as options to work remotely or to allow employees to bring their own devices to work (This acronym stands for Bring Your Own Device, which refers to an employee bringing their personal smartphone, laptop or tablet in lieu of company-provided equipment. A BYOD policy can make employees happy, but it also presents many other issues that should be explicitly addressed by employers before it becomes adopted. The biggest issue that companies face revolves around how to secure their data on the device and protect it from misuse. However, bringing your own device is not just an) until the time regular business premises or systems are ready.
Floor plans and location
Your business continuity plan should also include floor plans of your offices with the exit and entry points clearly marked up, so they can be used in the event of any emergency. It should also mention the location of data centers, phones, key IT systems and related hardware.
Make sure your business continuity plan defines the SOPs to be followed in the event of an emergency.
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