When disaster strikes and your smooth business flow is suddenly interrupted, what can you do? Do you scramble for a quick, temporary fix, or do you rely on a carefully crafted backup plan? Of course, you rely on your backup plan. Your business is so important, don’t risk its success by not having this safety net. You need to have a system, also known as a business continuity plan, to keep you going when the going gets tough.
There are many factors you need to consider when creating a business continuity plan. You have to make sure you know what to do with damaged data, equipment, facility, etc. However, make sure that you DON’T make the following mistakes:
Focusing Only On Your Business, Not Your People
It’s important that your employees are educated on this topic. They should know what kind of disasters could strike, which can be anything from natural storms to data breaches. This way, they can be more prepared when it actually happens. In addition to this, they should also be educated on what to do when the catastrophe hits. This should be laid out in your business continuity plan. A disaster in itself is chaos alone, and if that’s accompanied with confused and panicked employees, nothing good can come out of that. If you focus on training your employees though, all those calm, knowledgeable helpers can make a bad experience easier, helping everyone and everything get back on track like before.
Not Backing Up Your Information to External Sources
Whether it’s a natural disaster, a human error, or a data breach, the safety of your data will most likely be at risk with any disaster that targets your company. That’s why it is so very important to backup your data to external sources. Grexo Technology Group has solutions that will store your information in highly secure data centers off site. These backups run automatically and are backed in 15 min intervals. In case of a disaster, you can recover your data within the hour. With this option, even if you lose all of your equipment, you can still access all of that important information from anywhere as long as you have a device and an internet connection.
Not Testing Out Your Plan Ahead of Time
This is arguably the biggest mistake businesses make. You need to test out your business continuity plan frequently to make sure that everything is running smoothly. This way, you can catch any mistakes or hiccups in the plan and fix them before an actual disaster happens. How catastrophic would it be if you’re discovering a hole in your plan while you’re going through a disaster? Who knows what could happen then. You could permanently lose your data, majorly damage your security, allowing hackers easier access, etc… the list could go on and on.
In addition to checking for any holes, if you frequently test out your plan, you can adjust it to accommodate your growing business. The plan you put together at the birth of your company isn’t going to be sufficient enough after your business has been running for six months. Operations are always changing and adapting in the businessworld.
Grexo is very knowledgeable in this area. We will help you create a detailed plan of action for your business. Your company is too important to be left without this safety net. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and let’s get started on that business continuity plan!