It would seem a day does not go by where we don’t hear about the increased need for businesses to develop strong business continuity strategies and actively look to demonstrate disaster recovery plans. This means phone line faults, network hacking, crisis plans, supply stockpiles, communication chains, disaster training, data backups and more must all be a part of your business continuity planning.
We have seen so many articles and sales literature providing a huge shopping list of considerations which if you implemented would likely run into £100,000’s just to be “secure”. However, we have noticed few of these experts answer a basic question.
Where Do You Start?
It is all well and good to highlight where you can be attacked and what could happen but you need to balance that with your budget. So we recommend:
Start With the Worst. Begin the planning with the worst-case situation your organisation can imagine. This could be a permanent disaster which affects your business, supply chain or customer base. Work backwards from there and you’ll start to fill in many of the dangers that can harm your corporation. You’ll also be able to start challenging the worst-case situation and begin to get more inventive with potential impacts – and develop the plan accordingly.
If you start at the worst case and work through plans for a devastating situation you will pull together much of the information, and prepare many of the strategies, that will then be put to use in planning for lower-impact issues.
The creation of your worst-case plan may result in a list of contacts being formed, information on alternate supply chains being gathered, evacuation plans implemented, and other information. When you go to put together a continuity plan to cope with a smaller issue, say, a local power outage, you’ll have all of the essential information already at your fingertips and the plan can come together quickly.
Look for technologies that can save you in these scenarios too. This sort of planning is fluid, not a do one and forget about exercise as threats are appearing every day.
Fail to prepare, and even a minor crisis can leave you reeling. Put in the time and effort, though, and watch your organisation conquer difficult situations like a well-oiled crisis-fighting machine.