What does business continuity mean for your company?
- Asset list: Do you have an asset list? What are the most critical assets for your organization?
- Compliance requirements: do you have to be compliant to any regulation related to your industry?
- Business requirement: Do customers require you to be compliant to a standard in order to do business with your company?
- Key stakeholders: Who needs to be involved in the business continuity planning?
Now some key questions to include in your disaster recovery approach:
- What technology portals are the most important to your company?
- If one day you happen to lose power or a server, can you still access your data?
- What is your backup strategy? Daily? Hourly?
- How long does it take your IT Team to restore your backups?
How long can you afford to be down or unable to access your corporate data?
This last question really is the reason why business continuity is a senior management issue. At that point, we are talking about losing revenue because the company is unable to provide service to customers whether they are internal or external. When things start affecting the bottom line, the boardroom should definitely get involved.
The first step to embracing business continuity is really to start asking the business unit leaders the above questions. From there, you can now start this endeavour along your IT team, your company’s management team and, of course, your trusted technology partners.
ESI Security Specialist