As a business owner, keeping your network and data protected is crucial. Creating and maintaining a business continuity plan helps ensure that your business has the resources and information needed during an emergency situation. It helps maximize the chance of your business recovering, whether your hardware fails or a natural disaster strikes.
While you may already have a business continuity plan, is your program as effective as it should be? There are many factors that can contribute to a failing business continuity plan. As a company dedicated to delivering effective data center solutions for businesses, we understand that you want and deserve a business continuity plan that is effective. To help, we’ve examined four common reasons why business continuity plans fail and how to avoid them.
- Not Setting Realistic Expectations
Plans often fail because businesses don’t take into account all the “what ifs” that can occur during a disaster. What if the power is out, how will the business operate? Will you need to relocate to an alternative site until the power is restored? What if there is damage at home? Do you have back-ups to handle the tasks? In order to create an effective continuity plan, be prepared for the worst case scenarios and have a plan of action for each.
- Not Testing Your Plan
You’ve developed a continuity plan but how do you know it’s reliable and works? All too often plans are created with little or no testing. Simply walking through the plan using scenarios can be extremely effective in recognizing gaps or holes in your plan and help you to create a more effective plan. Also, test your systems to see how effective they are or how they will last during such instances.
3. Not Informing Everyone in the Company of the Plan
Does everyone in the company know of the plan and what it entails? A continuity plan is of no use if it’s only shared with certain people in the company. Everyone in the company needs to be aware of the protocol and the appropriate steps to take when certain events take place. The plan should be shared with the company and they should have written documents of the plan for their own keeps. You can use electronic tools like smart phones, tablets and laptops to quickly share and save your plan.
- Not Updating Your Response Plan
Time changes, technology changes, staff changes, and businesses change. Updating your plan is critical to responding successfully during an emergency situation. You should review your response plan periodically to ensure that it is updated and can hold up during such instances.