Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.

Fire, flooding or theft can leave a business in a risky position, not to mention the potential danger of cyber criminals. With data at the heart of every business, a solid disaster recovery strategy in not just advisable, it is essential. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events—whether those event might include an undetected virus, power surge, hardware failure or even natural disaster, etc.

Disaster recovery is the process by which you resume business after a disruptive event. The event might be something huge-like an earthquake or the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center-or something small, like malfunctioning software caused by a computer virus. As much as companies figure out emergency preparedness, data recovery is of greater importance because this is the real infrastructure of the business.

Data loss and other disasters has costed businesses much loss in the past. If anything of such happened to your business now (God forbids), what are your major lifelines to fall back on? Always ensure to have a strategy for quick recovery most especially for data that you need to access globally.

Business, security and IT leaders should work together to determine what kind of plan is necessary and which systems and business units are most crucial to the company. Together, they should decide which people are responsible for declaring a disruptive event and mitigating its effects. Most importantly, the plan should establish a process for locating and communicating with employees after such an event.

Though the list might change with technology trends, here are four current trends that, for the most part, actually help with business continuity in the case of any disaster:

  • Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Computing
  • Social Networks

However, there could be challenges setting these up, especially the top two on the list. Aristosoft is available to support you. It is never worth risking your resources into IT without having a recovery plan in the event of a mischief.

Excerpts from Cerek Slater Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans.