Disaster planning and recovery is a critical exercise for every company. In addition to the safety of your employees and the protection of your physical space, with technology at the core of most businesses, planning for emergencies and recovery is a crucial, ongoing need.
Disaster recovery is a process, based on a thoughtful, updated and practiced plan to ensure access to the software, data and hardware required to resume normal business operation.
Business continuity is the structure that companies put forward that include a disaster and recovery plan; it’s a roadmap for response to future disasters that could disrupt core business functions and solutions.
A recent survey by Nationwide Insurance shows that nearly 70% of small-business owners don’t have a written disaster recovery plan. While every business should have a written plan, there are some steps you can take to prepare for a disaster:
· Move to a digital, cloud-based network for storing business critical data and documents
· Consider options for you and your employees to work remotely, doing so now may mean you can maintain basic operations in the event of a disaster
· Diversify your suppliers so they are not concentrated in a single geographic area
· Move to a digital document management environment, keeping your key records digitized and offsite means you can always access them