On May 31st in the office, it is business as usual, but, June 1st strikes and it’s DEFCON 1 for the entire company. It’s hurricane season – is your business prepared? There are many similarities between preparing your home and family and preparing your office and employees. Here are steps to help you, your business and your customers prepare if Mother Nature decides to pay a visit:
Most CEOs cite malware as the greatest cybersecurity risk while their technical officers see identity breaches as the greater threat. This C-suite disconnect can lead to weak IT decisions that do not reflect or address the true primary threats each individual company is facing. A survey of 800 senior executives by Centrify and Dow Jones Intelligence found that 60% of CEOs expect to invest the most in protecting against malware rather than identity security protections although 68% of executives whose companies have already been breached acknowledge that the attack could have been prevented with identity and access protection.
Every company needs strong back-up and disaster recovery plans to protect their data and productivity but what about a ‘back-up’ plan for your IT guy or gal? Do you have an overworked IT person who is working on projects requiring concentration yet constantly being interrupted with pleas for help when co-workers have lost files, cannot log in or are unable to make their computer talk to the printer?
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.