Business continuity planning key to surviving disaster

Business continuity planning key to surviving disaster

June 8

For any business, disaster can come in many forms. From a simple power outage to a natural disaster, any of these crises can result in data loss, a drop in productivity, and, ultimately, a reduction of profit. However, with a proper business continuity plan and the right backup and recovery software, any company can come out of an emergency quickly and with minimal loss.

According to Baseline, there is no simple path to business continuity and disaster recovery though. An organization has to assess its unique needs and find a solution that not only matches them, but also is flexible enough to handle unforeseen circumstances in “today’s fast-changing business environment.” Additionally, with so many different systems going purely digital, data volumes are increasing, requiring more attention be spent on deduplication and loss management.

The best place to start when developing an effective BC plan is with a thorough understanding of risks associated with data, David Sarabacha, a leader at Deloitte Consulting, told the news source.

“Many organizations are not entirely prepared for disasters,” Sarabacha said. “They have inadequate systems and processes in place to deal with an interruption when it occurs.”

By analyzing the types of data it uses, any regulations that affect that data, and how much data would be an acceptable loss if power goes down before a scheduled server backup, a company can not only find a starting point for developing a recovery plan, but also better understand how its daily operations work. There is no room for error when it comes to disaster recovery, so businesses need to start on the right foot or risk much more than they are willing.