10 steps to jump start your business continuity planning

business continuity planning – 10 steps to jump start your BCP

Business Continuity – For many businesses there is some technology component that allows them to communicate with their customers or staff. Do you largely use email, do your employees access information on a company server, do you use routing software to make service stops? If your business needs technology to operate, then you need a DRP.

A DRP does not need to be expensive, time-consuming or complicated. But you do need to know where your data stands today in order to have a plan ready to deploy.

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  • Do you back up your company’s data daily to both an on-site and off-site location?
  • How do you recover mobile and BYOD devices
  • Do you have a communication and media plan in place
  • Are you absolutely certain that your backup copy is valid, complete and not corrupt? How do you know for sure?
  • If disaster strikes, how would you get your data back and how long would that take? In many cases it could take days, and often weeks. What would you do during that period of time?
  • Do you have copies of all the software licenses in a safe location that could be accessed in the event of having to rebuild your server?
  • If you operate in the cloud, do you have a list of account credentials safeguarded to gain access to your cloud computing resources?
  • Would you and your employees have a way to access your network remotely if you couldn’t get to the office?
  • Do you store important passwords and credentials in a secure place that company officers can access if you are unavailable?
  • Do you have an uninterrupted power supply device to provide an orderly server shut down or a natural gas or diesel power generator in place to keep your network and other critical data operations running during a power outage?

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.