Business continuity is one of the key foundations of a Disaster Recovery plan.
There is panoply of benefits in creating a Business Continuity plan for your business, regardless of its size. Not only is your physical environment better protected, but it safeguards your workforce in the event of a disaster. In addition, employees will be informed and rehearsed as to what actions to take to immediately start the recovery process and ensure business continuity if disaster strikes.
Business Continuity (BC) refers to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption, whether caused by a fire, flood, epidemic illness or malicious Internet attack. A BC plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of such disasters; it covers business processes, assets, human resources, business partners etc. Whether you operate a small business or a large corporation, you strive to remain competitive. It's vital to retain current customers while increasing your customer base — and there's no better test of your capability to do so than right after an adverse event.
This is where a business continuity plan comes into play. To give your organization the best shot at success during a disaster, you need to put a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out any part of that plan. The lack of a plan doesn't just mean your organization will take longer than necessary to recover from an event or incident. You could go out of business for good.
There are six general steps involved in creating a business continuity plan:
- Define the Objectives of the Plan
What are the aims of creating a business continuity procedure; who will maintain the DR plan; what outcomes do you need to meet; budget/resourcing allocation
- Identify Scope and Key Areas of the Business You want to Protect/Maintain
Evaluate the importance of each business area and the extent of each area of business needing protection
- Identify Critical Business Functions
Identify which business processes are most critical to daily operations; and the RTO for these procedures.
- Determine acceptable RPO and RTO for Key Areas
Once the key areas for disaster recovery have been defined, it is important to identify the RPO and RTO for each area and the methods for meeting these
- Develop Strategy and Plan for Continued Responsiveness Checks
Schedule regular business continuity planning revisions; create a strategy for rollout; resourcing for checks
- Test, Review and Improve Your DR plan regularly
A Managed Services Provider would be able to work with a business to create a business continuity plan and provide solutions to your key DR objectives, whilst offering an SLA to meet your RPO and RTO requirements.