7 Key Principles of Business Continuity for Business

7 Key Principles of Business Continuity for Business

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning should be considered a critical aspect of running a business. These 7 key principles of Business Continuity will help you get started in the right direction when crafting an effective business continuity plan.

1. Get employees involved

Business Continuity plans only work if everyone understands them. Employees are also a great source of ideas and insights about how your business might be affected by a disaster. So business must communicate Business Continuity plans to employees regularly – and actively solicit their input.

2. Keep customers in the loop

Customers are the lifeblood of every business. They should be treated as such even during a disaster. Alerts on the company website, email broadcasts, social media and text messages to key contacts’ mobile phones are all good ways for a business to express concern about the impact of a disaster on its customers. That level of service can even help transform a disaster into an opportunity for greater long-term customer loyalty.

3. Collaborate with suppliers

Businesses increasingly work in tightly interdependent networks of suppliers and partners. By working collaboratively with these third parties, businesses can make themselves even more resilient and well protected against disasters large and small.

4. Periodically test and update Business Continuity plans

It’s not enough to formulate a plan once and put it on paper. Assumptions about a plan should be validated with real-life testing. Plans also have to be updated continuously to ensure that they accommodate changes in the business’s products, services, relationships, size, geographic reach, etc.

5. Factor in compliance

Businesses are subject to a variety of regulatory mandates that may require certain disaster preparedness measures. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may be particularly relevant in regards to workplace safety.

6. Examine insurance options carefully

Coverages vary greatly, and policy language can be confusing. Businesses have to exercise careful legal and financial diligence to ensure that their policies cover all aspects of disaster recovery and revenue loss, not just the repair of initial damage. In some cases, it may make sense to obtain contingent business interruption insurance. This type of policy provides additional coverage for the harm a disaster can do to a business indirectly, for example, if a supplier in a different climate fails to deliver promised goods because of a local blizzard.

7. Data backup is not enough

Many businesses think they’re safe just because they’ve backed up their critical files. The problem is that those files depend on applications and systems to be of any use to the business. That’s why, in the event of a disaster, it’s essential to be able to run applications on-demand from virtual machines backed up in the cloud.

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What you should look for in a Backup and Data Protection Solution?

Due to limited financial and IT resources, it is crucial for a business to know exactly what to look for in a backup and data protection solution. In this guide we’ll be outlining 6 key criteria for business to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection.

  • Comprehensiveness

  • Ease of use

  • Recoverability

  • Performance and reliability

  • Affordability

  • Scalability

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We keep your business running, no matter what

Here at Urban Network, we don’t want to see your business get caught unprepared for a disaster. With our award-winning business continuity solutions, we can ensure that we provide your business with the tools to survive and recover from un-foreseen dramas.

Book a free on-site, no obligation attached Disaster Recovery demonstration and see how Urban Network’s Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Solution can keep your business running in a complete disaster situation.

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[Download] Backup and Data Protection for Business eBook

[Download] Backup and Data Protection for Business eBook

Why backup and data protection is critical for a business?

It is important to understand why backup is critical for a business.

Today’s businesses are creating more data than ever and you need a robust backup and data protection for your business sensitive data.

Successful backup is the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. Without it, recovery and continuity cannot exist. Technologies that were created decades ago to store data are simply not enough. Antiquated methods, like tape backup, aren’t going to ensure data retention and recovery during business critical time windows.

Take a peek inside at the eBook

What you should look for in a Backup and Data Protection Solution?

Due to limited financial and IT resources, it is crucial for a business to know exactly what to look for in a backup and data protection solution. In this guide we’ll be outlining 6 key criteria for business to keep in mind when seeking out total data protection.

  • Comprehensiveness

  • Ease of use

  • Recoverability

  • Performance and reliability

  • Affordability

  • Scalability

7 + 11 =

We keep your business running, no matter what

Here at Urban Network, we don’t want to see your business get caught unprepared for a disaster. With our award-winning business continuity solutions, we can ensure that we provide your business with the tools to survive and recover from un-foreseen dramas.

Book a free on-site, no obligation attached Disaster Recovery demonstration and see how Urban Network’s Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Solution can keep your business running in a complete disaster situation.

Demo

Book your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Demo with our experts

Case Study

Read our case study on how we help a global financial institution got back on its feet after getting hit with a major server failure, in fewer than 2 hours

Free Network Health Check

Get a Free Network Health Check completely free of charge, and with no obligation attached.

[Download] The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist

[Download] The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist

Are you prepared in the event of data loss, natural disaster, cyber-attack, hardware failure or human error?

Every business has to prepare for the worst. That’s why we put together this “Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist” to help you stay one step ahead of unforeseen dramas.

In today’s always-on business landscape, maintaining an effective business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy is becoming more important than ever before. Data is playing an increasingly critical role in decision-making processes, and the costs and risks associated with downtime are skyrocketing – not to mention the damage your brand and reputation can suffer in the event of a disaster. It is important to have a Business Continuity Disaster Recovery Plan and have it tested regularly.

In this Checklist, you will find:

  • A list of essential questions you should ask yourself prior to a disaster

  • Steps-by-step walkthrough when a disaster strike

This Checklist is no substitute for a complete Business Continuity Plan but it will get you started in the right direction – and help ensure that you have the basics Disaster Recovery guideline in place even before you invest in a more formal Business Continuity Plan.

Don’t let your business become another statistic.

Our Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity solution is designed to quickly revive your network should any downtime occur, and help get your employees operating productively in almost no time at all.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you be better prepared for any disaster — natural or human — that may come your way and get a free on-site, no obligation attached Disaster Recovery demonstration.

[Infographic] Traditional Backup vs Business Continuity Solution

[Infographic] Traditional Backup vs Business Continuity Solution

Your business can’t afford without protection, especially when the threats of downtime is all around you (network outages, human error, disaster, cyber attack, etc.)

Traditional backup methods such as tape, disk, and strict NAS devices are no longer sufficient.

In fact, leading edge business owners are going beyond data protection and setting for a new solution standard: Intelligent Business Continuity; delivering automated assurance, continuous protection, secured storage, and instant recovery.

Learn the difference between traditional Backup method and Intelligent Business Continuity Solution with this infographic.

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