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, tablets 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.