There are many scenarios which result in a disruption to business: natural disaster, service provider downtime (planned or unplanned), hardware or software failures, cyberattacks, human error, etc. It’s near impossible to predict when these situations might occur, so the purpose of a Business Continuity strategy is to plan for them so you’re ready when they do occur. As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail” and it couldn’t be truer for Business Continuity – if you fail to plan ahead, you open your business to unnecessary risks and consequences.
Business Continuity Plan vs. Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery is a subset of Business Continuity. A Business Continuity Plan encompasses much more than IT (although that is a large part of it for the purpose of protecting all organizational/transactional data). Continuity should be a company-wide initiative to form processes and methods to ensure that vital business operations are functional at all times and disruptions are minimal or planned for. Alternatively, Disaster Recovery involves the actual IT tasks necessary to get systems back up and running when they go down (standing up servers, managing failovers, etc.)
How to Create an IT Business Continuity Plan
The first step in creating a Business Continuity strategy is identifying core services, products, and activities and prioritizing their importance. The better you know your workloads and data, the more precise your strategy will be. Data Inventory and workload assessments can help you identify and analyze the type of information in your unstructured repositories and environment, so you can prioritize and protect data accordingly.
Once you know what data, systems and workloads you’re dealing with, you would draft your plans for business continuity in detail, execute the strategy and continually practice, validate and revise according to changing priorities and protection requirements.
Why choose Bishop?
Bishop can help ensure that your IT systems are able to support your business continuity strategy including mailbox continuity, backup, DR, data protection, and other cloud solutions. With our Data Inventory capabilities, we can make sure that your organization’s most critical data is prioritized within your BC plan. Our solutions will help your company achieve a solid Business Continuity strategy.