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An Summary of Business Continuity

Company continuity preparing, encompassing disaster recovery, minimises the impact of the incident on an organisation by ensuring alternate processes are in place for key operational functions. Business continuity planning looks to preserve assets along with an organisation's ability to achieve its mission, retain acceptable levels of productivity, support service, and consequently to remain in business.

Can a company be not big enough for business continuity planning? Business continuity planning is not consigned to large organisations; any provider of a services or products, whether it is financial, manufacturing, distribution or sales, is evenly encountered with the effects of a disaster. Have you been prepared if something goes wrong?

Surely a business continuity plan is not required if adequate insurance is in place?

Quite simply insurance won't buy back lost business, it only provides money. If this is not received immediately it might adversely affect income, subsequent profits and client goodwill. Studies suggest that typically only 60% of actual losses are covered. Could your organisation survive the loss? Disaster doesn't just occur following an incident on a grand scale. A small incident, over a short period, impacting a key process, could severely disrupt an organisation; for example, an incident in the local area that requires evacuation of the premises for hours or even days. Computers still run, phones still work and infrastructure is unharmed but there is no access to any of it until the incident is resolved. Interruption threats come from multiple sources; some more likely than others. Premises may be substantially flooded, destroying servers, or an organisation could be the victim of theft. A business continuity plan examines the likelihood of this happening and considers a reply in accordance with raise the risk.

It is necessary which usually would be addressed first following an incident. Who would be contacted first? How would staff be notified? To achieve this you need to examine your organisation, its people, its critical processes and exactly how they are dependent upon considerations such as IT and infrastructure support, internal dependencies and suppliers.

Incident containment and recovery solutions are plenty of and varied. If a flood for example, prevented access to your premises, could client service levels continue uninterrupted? The chance of this happening would be greatly increased by your staff signing in from home until full recovery is achieved. Without plans such as this in place how might you convey a level of operational confidence to your clients?

Presently there are lots of factors and aspects of business continuity. You should starting point and think sensibly about how your organisation would take care of a disruptive incident. Business continuity is about mitigating the impact of this incident by minimising financial losses and protecting your organisation's reputation.

The solutions aren't just quick fixes but long-term considerations. You'll be able to survive an incident, however, not necessarily very easy to cure the long term impact.

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