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Business Continuity in SMB

November 29, 2015

Business Continuity in SMB

November 29, 2015

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The unfortunate reality for most SMB’s is that the extent of their disaster recovery “plan” is to make backups at semi-regular intervals and hope for the best. This can be an exceedingly dangerous course of action, because it only takes one data breach or catastrophic hardware failure to bring a company to its knees.

In today’s business environment, information is power, and all actionable business information is derived from the oceans of raw data that companies collect. Disaster recovery planning, though, is one of those elements that everyone agrees is important, but an alarming percentage of small to medium sized businesses never quite get around to.

If the above describes the current state of affairs in your company, now is the time to start changing that. Consider a robust disaster recovery plan cheap insurance. Certainly, the hope is that nothing bad will ever happen to you, your company, or your infrastructure, but a solid disaster recovery plan will do two tangible and important things for you.

First, it will help you get back on your feet in a timely, organized fashion. When disaster strikes, if there’s a plan in place, then the principle actors know their roles and what they need to be doing. That’s better by far than relying on an ad hoc plan devised on the spot and in the thick of the crisis. If that’s what your counting on to pull you through, odds are good that something critical will be missed in recovery, and it may take weeks, or even months to fully right the ship.

The other thing a robust plan does for you is that it puts your B2B partners and customers’ minds at ease. If they know you’ve got a plan in place, and you’ve got good, steady communication flowing out from your company to those that need to be kept updated, that alone will go a long way toward maintaining the confidence of those you do business with.

Given how many hacking attacks occur around the world on a daily basis, and given that hardware will inevitably fail at some point, wouldn’t you rather be well prepared, as opposed to having to shoot from the hip where your company’s recovery is concerned?