Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Backup Plan?

Is your business prepared for any disasters
that come its way? If you haven’t considered which threats could cause your
operations the most trouble, you need to devise a strategy that takes all
possibilities into account. Here, we’ll help guide you through these

What Is Considered a Business

There is quite a diverse mix of events that
can easily be called disasters when they strike a business, particularly one
that is reliant on its technology. These events can be categorized into three
different classifications of disaster: natural, technological, and manufactured
(or those directly caused by human behavior).

Let’s discuss these classifications in a
little more detail:

Disasters -
Any business needs to be concerned about
some kind of extreme weather event or other environmental conditions, as there
is effectively nowhere on the planet that doesn’t experience at least some.
Without any kind of mitigation, floods, earthquakes, and storms of all kinds
can severely impact business-as-usual.

Technological Disasters - Unfortunately,
things break on occasion, even if they’ve been impeccably maintained. What’s
more, many of the technological issues that are apt to strike a business come
from outside of the business’ control. What happens if a tree takes down the
line that supplies your business with its power? Probably very little work, and
unless you have some alternative source of power, you’ll almost certainly lose
any work that wasn’t saved before power was lost. What if your vendors mess up,
and fail to deliver a crucial infrastructure piece? You’ll likely be stuck,
your operations suspended.

- As it happens, one of your most crucial
business resources is also the one that has the potential to be the most
problematic: your employees. Your current workforce could potentially create
some disaster scenarios, as could a former employee. This is all in addition to
the adverse effects of a workplace accident. Even more personal events can
impact your business - what if a key member of your staff fell ill or otherwise
couldn’t be in the office for some time?

What Disasters Should You Be
Worried About?

While any of these disasters could have a
serious impact on a business, leading to ramifications to its processes and
overall success, some are more likely to strike your business than others. As a
result, your first efforts should be to determine which events are most likely
to actually impact you. With your business’ priorities mapped out more
logically, you will be able to more effectively spend your time and energy making
plans to avert business disasters.

What Your Disaster Preparedness
Plans Need to Accomplish

Any plan you create needs to focus on three
basic goals - otherwise, it simply won’t be effective if (or when, if we’re
being realistic) some kind of disaster strikes. These goals are as follows:

  • Keeping your employees and
    infrastructure safe
  • Keeping your data and proprietary
    information from being lost
  • Keeping your operational downtime
    to a minimum, if not maintaining business continuity

These goals should shape your planning
process. This process should be carried out proactively to further minimize the
impact that an issue could have. In other words, your backup plans need to
outline exactly how your backed-up data is maintained and managed, how to
ensure that your backups aren't affected by the disaster at hand, and how you
will be able to replace your key resources post-disaster.

Ensuring Your Entire Business is

Once your backup practices and policies are
firmly established, you need to be sure that your entire team is brought up to
speed and prepared for a disaster event. After all, who’s going to teach new
employees about these practices, or put them into action when a disaster

You also need to ensure that your backups
reflect the changes in your business as time passes. Making sure that your
backups remain up-to-date and applicable to your needs is crucial to retaining
their usefulness as a component of your business continuity and disaster
recovery strategies.

Putting Your Backups at the Front

Will this process take a long time? Almost
undoubtedly. However, it is also one that needs to be prioritized because of
how critical it could (and statistically, will) be to your business’ continued

Emerge can assist you in managing your backups, drawing from considerable amounts of practical experience to ensure that your backups fit you business’ needs. To learn more about how you can protect your business from disasters of all types and sizes, give us a call at 859-746-1030 today.