Business continuity is a culture, not a plan

Business continuity is a culture, not a plan

September 25

Implementing business continuity strategies and successful disaster preparedness is not a plan, according to ITWeb, but a mindset and cultural change that every business needs to embrace.

“The problem – particularly in government departments and parastatals – is that business continuity is seen as disaster recovery,” Clifford Ferguson, chairman of the South African BCI forum and the Government Pensions Administration Agency, told the news source. “But disaster recovery is only a component of business continuity. So organizations may know how to evacuate a building or locate the disaster recovery site, but they don’t necessarily know how to keep their business in full operation in the event of a problem.”

For any business, overcoming this challenge means adopting the right disaster recovery software to incorporate data backup as well as implementing an evacuation plan.

Utilizing data backup and recovery software should be second nature. Protecting company information before and during a crisis means not only ensuring that systems will be operational, but that the data stored on them is recoverable. For businesses, this requires reliable and secure backups.

With a data backup solution a company will be able to eliminate the risk that, even in a major catastrophe like a hurricane, downtime is minimized and workflow can continue with only minor interruption.

Implementing a strategy for disaster preparedness and recovery puts a business on the right track for ensuring a swift return to operational status, but deploying data backup software completes the process and rounds out the electronic side of any plan. Physical protection of systems, employees, and property is important, but without digital protection, a business will suffer just as much.