Good Business Continuity Plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.

To give your business the best chance of success following a disaster, it is critical to integrate a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out any part of that plan. The lack of a such plans can cause serious business impact and can potentially cause your business to be unrecoverable.

Many people think Disaster Recovery is the same as a Business Continuity, when in fact, it is just one small part of the overall concept. Disaster Recovery refers to the restoration of the IT infrastructure after a catastrophe. Business Continuity refers to the functionality of your entire organization after a crisis has occurred. Despite any serious incident or disaster, a Business Continuity Plan ensures that your organization’s critical processes and functions are restored and operational in a timely manner.

Business Continuity Planning is a strategy that recognizes the possible threats that a company can face and provides a sound proof plan to ensure that employees and assets are secure and able to operate in the event of a disaster. This process involves executing safeguards and procedures designed to reduce those risks, testing those procedures, and every so often reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date.

Here are 5 Key Elements of a Business Continuity Plan

1. Identify key functions.

Ideally, everything would be recovered after a disaster, but realistically, it’s important to prioritize the most critical business data and functions.

2. Involve everybody.

Business continuity isn’t just an IT problem.  The goal is to save the business after a calamity, so every employees should know and understand their role in a business continuity strategy.

3. Keep systems up and running.

Technology is fundamental to business continuity, and that means all backup and recovery systems need to be healthy and functional. The need for routine updates and checkups is a given.

4. Review and revise.

Businesses evolve and continuity plans must evolve with them.  The recovery plan must be updated with changes to workflows, applications and systems.

5. Test the plan.

You don’t want to find out if the plan works after disaster already has struck. Tests and drills can ensure that the plan works.

PC Professional can sit down with your business stakeholders to develop a Business Continuity Plan that covers all facets of your business from your critical business data, application access, power needs to recovery processes. Whether this involves adopting cloud based strategies or business redundancies and process evaluations, PC Professional has 34 years of validated experience in helping businesses become aware of their vulnerabilities and get started on their track of developing a true Business Continuity Plan.