Business Continuity Takes Preparation
The time to prepare for interruptions to your business is before the problems arise. Considering the disruption that nature can cause anytime with a tornado or storm a business continuity plan is essential. A business continuity plan is a road map for continuing operations under adverse conditions such as a storm or a crime. Many times entire businesses are wiped out by a natural or data disaster. What happens, for example if all of a company’s accounts receivable information is lost? Not good. Natural disasters are not the only events that can interrupt your business. Events like police actions, extended power outages or social unrest can also be problematic to normal operations.
Business Continuity Planning Starts With Risk Assessment
Enterprise US’ business continuity consulting services start by identifying your organization’s exposure to internal and external threats and risks. We then craft a continuity plan that synthesize hard and soft assets to provide effective disruption prevention and recovery for the organization. This process can also be called business continuity and resiliency planning (BCRP). In the US, governmental entities refer to the process as continuity of operations planning (COOP). These contingency plans provide check lists for actions that should be taken in the event of disasters or disruptions.
The Business Continuity Process Is Always Engaged
Once the Business Continuity Plan has been created and is implemented, it is always in effect. Enterprise US can help with consulting, planning and implementation of the entire business continuity plan or certain modules of that plan. Modules of a Business Continuity Plan can include:
- Business Impact Analysis
- Security Management
- Document Management
- Applications Recovery
- Voice & Mobile Telecommunications
- Collaboration Tools
- Remote Workforce Needs
- Change Management
- Audit Management
- Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) and so on
Disaster recovery planning occurs as a subset of defining the business continuity procedures. It is part of our philosophy to give you exactly what is necessary to safeguard your data and communications infrastructure, not just sell you a product. With that in mind, we have teamed up with the best vendors in the industry; to view a list of our partners visit our Partners page.
In addition to providing enterprise-enhancing communications solutions, clients benefit from the access to our engineering team’s knowledge and experience in developing and deploying several of the largest work flow solution implementations in the nation. These solutions enable organizations to customize the information flow and task assignments throughout the entire enterprise.
Check out our blog about how disasters can create opportunities for cyberattacks by diverting attention and resources away from cybersecurity. It touches on how businesses should establish a dedicated team for cybersecurity and implement automated security systems. Disasters also create an environment of fear and urgency, which cybercriminals exploit through phishing attacks.
Power & Enclosure Systems
Despite advances in the capabilities of modern computers, a momentary power loss or interruption is still all it takes to lose your data. Excessive heat, poor power quality, and unauthorized access can damage or impair the operation of vital business systems and peripherals. Network fileservers constantly writing to disk are particularly susceptible. Should a power problem strike while your computer is saving a file, previously written files or even an entire hard disk can be lost. Contact eUS to learn more about what you can do to prepare for the inevitable.