Is your company protected?
Are you freaking out as a business leader because of all the potential disasters today? They're everywhere; earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, sun flares (Really? Yup... really!), and of course... Security Breaches.
“If our systems went down tomorrow, how would it impact our ability to conduct business?”
Letting your organization survive without a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan (BC/DR) in place could mean the end of your business in one or more of these situations.
Also, keep in mind, with today's geographically dispersed data centers and business units, organizations need to review regions outside of their headquarters and consider factors concerning vendors and cloud solutions that affect the organization in an event. And, no, insurance is not enough.
Keeping the lights on is not just an IT problem in an event. It's a business problem.
5 Steps to a Protected Organization
Below are the necessary steps we'll employ to strengthen your business with the Competitive Advantage of a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan (BC/DR). The goal of these processes is to minimize any negative impacts to company operations during an event. Our deliverables include; IT Disaster Recovery Plan, BCP for Each Business Unit, and a Crisis Management Plan.
Step 1. Assess Current BC/DR State
- Identify Critical Business Processes
- Identify Dependencies
- Define Vital Applications
- Assess Your Current Data Recovery Strategy
Step 2. Perform a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Risk Assessment
- What is the impact to your business based on an outage?
- What is the cost to your business? (lost sales, reduced customer confidence, etc)
- Identify legal/compliance levels regarding data security.
- Examine internal and external situations that could threaten the organization's ability to conduct business.
Step 3. Define and Document
- Define Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)... How often are recovery points established?
- Distinguish Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)... How quickly can services be restored?
- Designate Maximum Tolerable Downtime (MTD)... How long can the organization be down without causing irreversible harm?
- Identify the internal stakeholder team(s), roles and responsibilities
- Identify Vendors and Emergency Services Partners
- Identify/develop/document procedures for recovery
- Develop a Business Continuity Action Plan
Step 4. Educate and Test
- Educate stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities during an event
- Test each of the procedures
- Perform scenario tests (virtual vs physical events)
Step 5. Establish Frequent Review and Testing Schedule
This is the most critical part of a BC/DR Plan. Without testing and follow up, procedures and contacts can get out of sync. Thereby making the plan inoperative and void.
How Can We Help?
Brinex consultants bring years of experience in leading Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan (BC/DR) exercises. Having worked in multiple industries such telecommunications, military, financial, healthcare, and manufacturing, we understand the breadth and depth of requirements that a plan requires. From working with vendors to internal stakholders, our team members are skilled at bringing together the right resources that will assure your organization is protected in the worst of times.
Schedule a FREE consultation to beging conversations on how we can help lead your organization through a BC/DR Plan process.