You’re watching the approach of a hurricane - you have batteries, water, food, and a safe room should the cone turn your direction. You’ve planned for you and your family – have you done the same for your business? Your customers and employees are counting on you to have a DRP and a BCP in place to ensure the continued operation and future health of your company following a disaster. A DRP is a Disaster Recovery Plan which is the process by which a company recovers their access to software, data and hardware that is necessary to resuming critical business functions as soon as possible. The outline of steps for exactly how a company will resume their critical business functions is the BCP or Business Continuity Plan. Every BCP incorporates a strong DRP.
These are the cardinal rules for all Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans:
PLAN: This is the ‘who, what and when’ thought out in advance of an emergency so that you can act immediately and mitigate your loss and resume normal business functions as soon as possible.
COMMUNICATE: Communicate the plan to your employees so everyone is aware of their roles in the plan. Communicate during the emergency to be sure everyone is on the same page and to let everyone know you are there to help. Finally, communicate afterwards so that everyone knows the steps back to normal business activity.
TEST: The most important rule is to test, test and test again. Just like public schools have fire drills, it’s important for companies to test their disaster recovery and business continuity plans because ‘practice makes perfect’ and practice will ensure that plans are up-to-date and can be ‘tweaked’ if needed.
Call Four Winds Network Services at 941.315.2380 – we can help you test your Disaster Recovery Plan during a free network assessment and can also work with you to create a customized Business Continuity Plan so that you can get back to ‘business as usual’!