Business Continuity Management
How prepared are you?
As businesses become increasingly dependent on technology, local enterprises should make sure they are prepared with continuity plans that will mean minimal impact on their business should disaster strike.
Business reliance on technology – PCs, PDAs and mobile phones - is higher than it has ever been before, but a simple power cut can spark real disruption as staff are unable to access work files, plans and even contact details.
There are numerous reasons why a business could become unable to access its IT system, from large-scale damage as a result of fire or flooding, through to a computer virus or system crash. Businesses should think about what their plan B will be before the event, so that they are prepared should anything go wrong.
Keep the following bits of advice in the forefront of your mind:
- Make sure you back up all files and stored information and put in place a data recovery strategy, which could include off site storage of information in case of property damage
- If your computers are networked, try and have two servers in different in locations so there is a back up should one become damaged
- Try and ensure there is more than one power supply source
- Where possible, ensure there is an uninterrupted power supply
Even for small micro-businesses, taking precautions such as backing up files and data, and ensuring that contact numbers and emails are logged somewhere other than your PC can be extremely valuable should something untoward happen to your computer, mobile or Blackberry.
- Business Continuity Plan Template for Businesses - December 2011 (0.06 MB as OCX document)
- Could Your Business Survive a Crisis? - December 2011 (0.46 MB as PDF document)
- Address: Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01277 312500
- Fax: 01277 312743
- Minicom: 01277 312809
Rate this page
Please rate this page and leave any helpful comments. This will help us make sure we give you the right information.
If you would like a reply, please leave your contact details.
This page was updated on 1 May 2013.
All Images and Text Copyright © Brentwood Borough Council unless otherwise stated. All Rights Reserved