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10 Steps to Better Business Continuity

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2012-06-04 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 

Disasters and business disruptions are inevitable. An effective disaster recovery and business continuity strategy encompasses people, technology and processes.

 

10 Steps to Better Business Continuity

    • Identify and map out the types of risks you're likely to face.
    • Understand how a disruption will affect business operations and data use.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for managing data—in both digital and paper formats.
    • Adopt storage and backup systems based on RTO and RPO requirements.
    • Ensure that a copy of all data resides offsite, and build redundant systems and communications networks to the extent possible.
    • Build security into all processes.
    • Check logs and backup data to ensure that systems are working correctly, and s tress-test the systems periodically.
    • Establish a plan for how staff will communicate—including a phone or text tree—if an incident takes place.
    • Review and update your disaster recovery and business continuity plans annually.
    • Identify an alternative site or a way for staff to work from home and share files and data if an office is damaged or unavailable.
 


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Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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