The 7 best tips for implementing Business Continuity
The concern for business continuity is undoubtedly one of the main points in the strategic initiatives of the companies in the Information Technology sector, which value more than anyone, the very serious inconveniences, both economic and business that could be caused due to a time of inactivity.
The main points that we must protect with a Business Continuity System are:
- Recovery from unforeseen interruptions.
- Possible economic or legal blockades.
- Damage to reputable responsibilities
Once established the objectives of the policy of continuity of the BUSINESS, not only we must take into account the protection of applications, data and services of our company against a wide range of threats, if not we must also evaluate other practical aspects to have Consider how they are:
- Budget limitations,
- The limitations of personnel resources
- The policies of our suppliers and their resistance to adopting systems of protection and recovery from unforeseen interruptions.
One of the chapters that should not be overlooked, are the studies of the possible threats of malicious cyber attacks, natural disasters and of course human errors. This makes us think that organizations should provide systems that keep them always alert, about how these threats could affect their infrastructure, applications, essential data and information availability. Disaster recovery is one of the important factors for business continuity.
These are some of the best practices to take into account in the design and implementation of business continuity:
In these times we can not continue to depend on a manual where we have to consult the human and technological processes to recover from the cuts and restore access to data and applications.
- THE VIRTUAL MACHINES FAIL
We must face the possibility that virtual machines, for a high level of protection that we want to have, may be subject to failures and unavailability. That is why our continuity plan must be a mixed plan, where the backup copy of our virtual servers is contemplated.
- THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EVIDENCE
A good continuity plan will undoubtedly be imperfect if we do not perform tests of its operation. The tests are as or more important than having a good community plan. This factor is one of the most critical when facing a system that really responds when we need it. The tests in addition to being planned with appropriate periodicities, must contemplate aspects of reliability in the switching to the systems of backup of security that guarantee us the continuity of the critical works
- DELOCALIZATION OF THE DATA CENTER
The first advice is to establish a reasonable distance between production and recovery sites in order to stay away from regional problems. However, many small and medium enterprises have a single data center, so it is advisable to negotiate with your cloud service providers to have a backup option in a remote installation.
- ESTABLISH PRIORITIES
A Business Continuity System is obviously an economic impact that normally does not happen to be insignificant. That is why, in order to implement an economically viable solution is necessary to establish priorities, analyzing business processes in depth to establish which are those applications that need to be available immediately and which can wait a few hours.
- CONTINUITY OF THE BUSINESS
Our Business Continuity system could be considered as a “managed service”, within all the others that make up the IT Services portfolio. For this we must take advantage of the experience in the selection of IT providers, to select the systems that will help us recover from service interruptions.
- PROMOTE MOBILITY
It is clear that the companies that promote BYOD (“Work from your own device”), favor the implementation of business continuity policies. For this, it is enough to have a reliable Internet connection, which is a factor that contributes to the ease that a relevant percentage of our employees are not interrupted in their tasks due to the need to travel. With this, we are protecting ourselves directly from climatic incidents and other unforeseen events.