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business continuity planning COVID-19Trying to define business continuity isn’t always easy. Depending on how your business operates, you may think about it a differently than another firm. What is intelligent Business Continuity and what is the difference between business continuity and backups and disaster recovery?

  Let’s start by defining what business continuity is NOT:

Business Continuity IS NOT Data Backup

A data backup is the result of copying or archiving files and folders for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss. Data loss can be caused by many things ranging from computer viruses to hardware failures to file corruption to fire, flood, or theft (etc).

Business Continuity IS NOT Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery is the area of security planning that deals with protecting an organization from the effects of significant negative events.

These days, it’s not a matter of if your business will experience downtime, but when. Imagine suffering from a ransomware attack during the busiest season of the year. Do you have a plan to get your business back up and running in minutes? Your safest bet is to plan for the worst by having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place. Today’s small to mid-size businesses rely on technology systems and data more than ever. Do you have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place to protect your business in case of disaster? Whether it’s mother nature, human error, or ransomware, the loss of critical business systems can cost you thousands without a proper business continuity plan. Consider these four things when creating a plan:

  1. Ensure employee safety
  2. Keep customers in the loop
  3. Ensure IT uptime
  4. Keep business moving

Did you know that most downtime is a result of common, everyday actions like accidental (or intentional) data deletion, damage to computer hardware, and poor security habits? Have you considered all associated costs? Can you get your business up and running quickly? These are questions many business owners find themselves asking only when it’s too late. Being able to assess your IT infrastructure in the wake of a disaster is a great first step in protecting your data. To learn more about these 4 business continuity planning essentials, check out this ebook and ensure that your business is prepared when downtime hits.

Staying Alive: The Definitive Guide to Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses