In the ever advancing world of technology, information is not only readily available, but it has made operating a business more convenient than it has ever before. Unfortunately, problems can and do jeopardize the security of documents and the information contained within them. As a business owner or operator, you likely spend a good amount of time considering how to protect your data, employees, and business. While your insurance company might alleviate any superficial worries you might have, a proactive approach to protecting your business is the best course of action. Obviously, it is impossible to prevent natural disasters from occurring, but you can develop a disaster recovery plan to assist you with handling the aftermath and lessening the impact any disaster would have on your business.
What are Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans
These plans should be designed and implemented by you to assist you in recovering from any disasters that might occur. Your initial task is, understanding how fires, floods, and even a company-wide virus could affect your business. Consider the building your business is conducted in, your employees, customers, equipment, and any files and folders you keep on site. Customize your plan to maximize protection. A recovery plan expands out to include periodically backing up data, briefing employees on what steps to take directly after a disaster strikes, and contacting customers to let them know of any changes in the way you conduct business and they receive your services.
The Importance of Developing a Plan
Having a disaster recovery plan is about more than just protecting your business. It’s about making sure customers can continue to receive the services you currently provide them and making sure your employees are able to assist them. It is also important that you are securing protection beyond what your insurance covers. The focus should be on how to recover quickly and resume your normal day to day operations. The quicker you recover, the less inconvenienced employees are and the fewer customers you will sacrifice. Insurance can’t cover customer retention, but your plan will. It will ensure that they are retained and served.
What Happens When Businesses Fail to Develop a Plan
As harsh as it is, one of the main consequences of not having a plan in place is a complete shutdown. It’s extremely difficult to recover when a gross amount of time lapses between the end of a disaster and the reopening of a business. Since a recovery plan can prevent closure, even if temporarily, not having one can be the ultimate demise. You may lose customers, the damage done to your building could worsen, and there may be low morale amongst employees. When this occurs, it will be the same as starting over.
You shouldn’t have to worry about what to do next to move forward after your business experiences a disaster. Having a disaster recovery plan in place will allow you to continue to conduct business as usual (with little to no compromising convenience), provide mass care for your employees and customers, and eliminate any downtime or closures. With a plan ready, you are providing comprehensive protection for your entire business, every aspect of it, and not only what an insurance policy can provide. Think of it as having permanent protection no matter how devastating the disaster. Even if you’re not in an area prone to disasters, you should create a plan. If it isn’t a task you feel confident completing, ExpedioTech can assist you in making sure your business’s IT is prepared to recover quickly from a variety of disasters. Contact them to schedule a consultation.