With 70% of small firms that experience a major data loss going out of business within one year, having a robust business continuity plan should be a top priority.
Business continuity usually applies to procedures that ensure essential business functions continue to operate, and there are a number of initiatives that can be undertaken to guard against risks, especially within the IT department, which underpins the operations of many companies today.
- Draw up a business continuity/disaster recovery plan
- Assess your IT and communications systems - where are the weak links?
Every organisation that should have an IT disaster recovery plan that takes into account the setup – server, backup, virus and security protection, communications link redundancy, home working provision and so on - as files alone aren’t enough for full business operations. It’s also important to consider security from the point of view of data theft, as well as downtime.
See also our disaster recovery checklist for planning purposes.
- Protect your data through backup
Ensuring that you backup all the right material is crucial, as is keeping at least one copy of the backup away from your premises – and this can be done ‘in the cloud’, i.e. in a remote data centre, rather than taking a tape or disk out of the office as many businesses still do (or forget to do).
- Speed up data restoral after a disaster has struck
There are a lot of ways to configure backup systems, and it’s well worth examining which ones offer the most stress free experience.
- Moving to cloud computing for more flexibility and continuity
- Choose a managed services provider
- Testing, testing…it’s a must do for all
By Andrew Stuart, MD of Datto EMEA