Business Continuity and Planning

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  • 75% of Small Businesses Do Not Have a Disaster Recovery Plan

  • 50% of Small Business Owners Estimate Three Months to Recover 

Survey Conducted by Harris Interactive for Nationwide Insurance

We hear people discuss cyber security daily, and no one can question the importance of protecting yourself and your business in today's digital world. Any device connected to the internet is at risk and must be defended. Through antivirus software, hardware and software-based firewalls, encryption programs, and an array of other means; we go to great lengths to protect the data that drives our business. After all, if it were to become compromised, or unavailable, how much would the business lose in revenue and operations until the situation was remedied? Quite often that number is in the hundreds of thousands. Many organizations realize this and take appropriate measures; however, what about protection revolving around non-cyber related incidents?

Hardware failures, data corruption, and good old-fashioned human error (fingers off the delete key people!), can result in data loss equally as devastating as an actual attack though no malicious intent was present. So, how do we protect against these? The answer is simple (while the execution may not be): A developed backup and disaster recovery plan, also called a Business Continuity Plan, or BCP.

Most BCPs will include a section or two on handling non-cyber related incidents. It only makes sense, as recovery from these failures are often very similar. Reinstate the missing or corrupted files from the last good backup; spin up a virtual device to emulate the affected machine; retrain employees who mistakenly delete or overwrite a critical file; the list goes on… The question is, do you have a BCP in place, and if so, how long since the last review?

Technology changes and evolves constantly. New hardware can go obsolete in as little as 90 days. As such, good business practices dictate a review of critical business procedures on a regular basis. This should include not only your basic business practices, but your disaster recovery as well. If you BCP involves systems or hardware that was replaced two years ago, how well will it work? Or, if key personnel have been promoted, or left the company, what happens when their replacement doesn't know how to perform a specific duty? That's where JONROG technology comes in…

Any of our managed services include backup and disaster recovery, as well as a thoroughly documented Business Continuity Plan. We work with you to develop the most efficient and complete BCP possible to ensure no matter what happens, you'll be able to carry on in the event disaster strikes (malicious or otherwise).

As always, thanks for reading, and we look forward to working with you!

JSR 

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