The ability to prepare for and climb back from a business disruption is critical for all companies. But most continuity plans don’t address pressing modern threats. That’s why it is essential to assess and test your continuity plan regularly.
Does your business continuity plan account for the evolving risks businesses face today? If a major disruption occurs, are you confident in your organization’s ability to regain access to networks, servers and personal devices? Don’t wait until it’s too late. InfoSystems has the experience and expertise to help organizations plan for natural or human-made disasters.
The ability to prepare for and climb back from a business disruption is critical for all companies. But most continuity plans don’t address pressing modern threats. That’s why it is essential to assess and test your continuity plan regularly. Without a plan that is current, organizations cannot anticipate up-to-date threats.
The key to business continuity planning is understanding where your assets are at risk. The best way to do this is to look at your business processes. Evaluating your processes and the systems your organization relies on will give you the insight you need to determine the scope of your plan. Once you have a scope, you can focus on critical components. What do these components need to function? If functionality is lost, what do you do next? Run worst-case scenarios exercises and try to identify gaps. Plugging gaps prevents revenue loss and enables you to continue operations.
Once established, an organization must ensure all teams and employees responsible for business assets understand the continuity plan. Protocols must be followed, and testing and education should take place across the organization. Walkthroughs and simulations are an effective way to create real-world scenarios that compel key personnel to evaluate their behavior and understanding of your disaster response and business continuity plan.
Next, incorporate your findings into the plan.
- What did you learn from the simulations?
- Do you know which assets are prone to risk?
- Are teams and employees capable of following the plan successfully?
Use the answers to these questions to inform how you proceed. It may be challenging to implement all facets of your plan, which is why many organizations fail to keep their business continuity and disaster response plans current. Especially for larger organizations with integrated IT solutions and extensive networks, it is beneficial to work with an experienced partner.
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