Enterprise-Class Business Continuity Requires More Than A Data Backup
Business emergencies can strike at any time whether it’s a malware attack, natural disaster, or pandemic. It’s vital to have a plan in place to make sure your business can continue to accomplish work, maintain compliance, and keep unproductive downtime to a minimum.
Without comprehensive disaster recovery planning, you’re left vulnerable to any and all emergency situations, whether it’s a major meteorological event like a hurricane, common power outages, or the result of malicious or accidental employee actions. Consequences include:
- Permanent data loss as onsite copies of your data and documentation are destroyed
- Severe downtime as your business scrambles to replace destroyed hardware and get up and running again
- Major financial damages, from the cost of lost business to the cost of replacement hardware, and onsite damages
What Is Business Continuity Planning?
In addition to reliable data backup capability, business continuity planning should be designed to get your business up and running with as little downtime as possible. It provides you with a robust set of tools to give your business the best chance to reopen and recover quickly, and with as little damage as possible to your operations and reputation.
While almost anyone using a computer for work would understand the nature of why backing up your data is important (don’t forget that hard copies are often still filed in triplicate as a contingency), it’s likely you don’t know of each and every application that an effective data backup can have.
- Data retention contingencies: At the rate that technology evolves (and how quickly your standard operations and concerned policies are required to keep up with it), it’s no surprise that some businesses find it difficult to keep up with. When policy development falls behind the pace of adopted technologies, it can often lead to gaps, which can affect data retention.
- Cybercrime: Data loss is often the result of poor digital security; without the right defenses, cybercriminals can easily infect an IT system with ransomware or other types of malware and compromise company data. If you have you have a data backup solution, then it doesn’t matter if your data has been encrypted in a ransomware attack. You can just replace it with your backup, simple as that. That’s why you should make a considerable investment in cybersecurity training, in addition to a comprehensive backup data recovery solution, so that you can protect your data proactively, and restore it when needed.
- Human error: Much of data protection is dependent on the user, and as such it’s vital that you properly educate your employees in safe conduct. The more your workforce knows about the security measures you have in place, the more confidently they can use the technology is a secure manner.
Advantages Of Comprehensive Business Continuity Planning
- Protecting Your Business Assets: Your information technology will be protected, and your staff will be ready and productive in the event of a disaster. Employees will be informed and rehearsed, and they’ll know what actions to take. This could save your business a lot of downtime and money. Furthermore, in keeping you running, this plan will protect the image, brand, and reputation of your company. If you’re able to continue functioning despite a disaster, your clients will see you as dependable, and your reputation will be enhanced as a result.
- Improve Your Business Culture: Your clients will feel confident doing business with you; you’ll be able to keep your commitments and ensure the continuing quality of the services and/or products you deliver. Furthermore, it shows your investors that you take your business seriously, that you’re prepared and ready to maintain productivity. Your staff will gain an awareness of business operations that they didn’t have before. Business continuity planning can often provide staff with useful insights into improving the way they handle tasks, even in areas that hadn’t been previously considered.
- Prevention Of Downtime & Other Consequences: If a disaster does occur, the cost of disruptions will be significantly reduced with a business continuity solution in place. There will be no disruptions to your supply chain. Your competitive position will be maintained or even improved because you’ll be able to meet your contractual requirements, where others who aren’t protected won’t.
Business Continuity Relies On Remote Access
As the business world has learned over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective business continuity means having access to work data from anywhere with an Internet connection. The right cloud-based solutions will be necessary to make sure access to data, applications, and other resources while working from home, on the road, or elsewhere.
An effective way to build remote access directly into your workplace is with virtual desktops. The virtual desktop virtualizes what’s on your computer; all of your icons, wallpaper, folders, toolbars, etc. are stored remotely on a server rather than on your computing device.
With the right authorization, your computing environment can be accessed from any computing device. When you’re away from the office, all you need is a computer and to sign in to your virtual environment. You can access your desktop with devices such as desktop, laptops, mobile devices, and thin clients.
What’s The Bottom Line Of Business Continuity?
Effective preparedness keeps you safe and productive no matter what, simple as that.
The question is: will you wait until after you get hit with a disaster to start thinking about how you’ll recover? Or will you do what’s right for your business, and start planning for the worst-case scenario today?
We know that you’d like to keep your business operating no matter what crisis the nation faces. With the right remote work capabilities, you can keep your staff productive and business operating.
If you need help, get in touch with the BlueHat Cyber team – we can equip your organization with proven Citrix remote access solutions, ensuring your data is stored safely offsite, and accessible by you and your staff from wherever you may be working.
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