Getting My Business READY!
Your Business has likely become increasingly reliant on IT systems to operate. It is vital that you ensure the continued operation of these systems, and plan for a rapid recovery in the event of a disruption.
Did you know that research shows that: 43% of companies that have had a major loss of business data never reopen. 29% of the companies close within two years.
A good Disaster Recovery Strategy starts by taking a look at your business processes and determining:
1) How much data your business is able to lose since your last successful backup?
2) After a disaster or disruption, how long can your business wait until a failed system is restored?
13 Point Checklist
- Start with a Business Impact Analysis: Identify your business' most critical system and process and the effect an outage would have on the business. The greater the impact, the more funds a company should spend to restore a sysytem honor process quickly.
- Succession Plan: Who can take the reins of the company if the CEO perished?
- Establish a Disaster Recovery Team: Elect one spokesperson from the group for communication. Int he event a multi-location organization each location should have a core team or representative that works with the corporate entity.
- Perform a Risk Assessment in the following areas:
- Communication Infrastructure
- Access and Authorization
- Physical Work Environment
- Internal and External Communication
- Create a list of your business processes and prioritize them. You take orders, create invoices, receive payments, process payroll, communicate internally and externally. This is a big level list.
- Training: Train backup employees to perform emergency tasks. The employees you count on to lead in an emergency may not always be available.
- Crisis Meeting Places: Determine offsite crisis meeting places and crisis communication plans for top executives an managers. Practice crisis communication with employees, customers, and the outside world.
- Walkie Talkies - invest in a n alternative means of communication in case the phone networks go down.
- Practice makes perfect: Make sure the employees, as wells the executives, are involved in exercises so that they get practice in responding to an emergency.
- Make it real: Make the business continuity exercises realistic enough to tap into employee's emotions so that you can see how they'll react when the situation gets stressful.
- Partnerships: Form partnerships with local emergency response groups - police, fire fighters and EMTs - to establish a good working relationship. Let them become familiar with your company and the site.
- Continuous Process Improvement: Evaluate your company's performance during each test. These exercises should reveal weaknesses. Find where your plan breaks down dn take action to remediate the shortfall.
- Test Regularly: Test your plan regularly to reveal weaknesses or need changes and adapt your plan. Technology, personnel and facilities are in a constant stay of flux in any company.