Part of assessing risk is realizing that onsite backups can be easily compromised when buildings are damaged.

Top tips for business continuity

Stephen Perkins

There are plenty of things that can go wrong when running a business. But the biggest problem is not that that things can happen, it is that they eventually will. Only the lucky can operate a company for a number of years with no serious roadblocks popping up in their way. The unpredictable nature of the weather and human error makes each passing day more likely to present some sort of difficulty.

This is why disaster recovery and business continuity are such important aspects of enterprise operations, regardless of size. While there has yet to be a universal precedent set for building these strategies, there are still some helpful guidelines that, generally speaking, are important to follow. Those who have not created or revised their plans for some time should carefully consider the following aspects of BC/DR:

1) Emergency notifications systems are crucial
While there have always been means to get important warnings to the staff members that need them, the evolution of technology has made it easier for the word to get out faster than ever. But that being said, they still need to be updated as frequently as possible. As ranks within the company change, people may need to be added and removed as time requires.

2) Cyberinsurance won't recover data
Walking a tightrope without a safety net can be dangerous. The same goes for running a modern business without cyberinsurance. While this is a critical component to certain aspects of BC/DR, do not mistake it for the saving grace. Financial assistance is not going to bring back lost data.

3) Look to offsite backup
With enough possible risks floating around that physically threaten offices, servers are not the only thing in danger of being destroyed. Onsite backups can be lost in the same fires that destroy original copies. This is why remote backup should is a part of every successful continuity and recovery strategy.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup