Many small businesses, and similar organisations regard Business Continuity (BC) or Disaster Recovery (DR) as something that only large organisations can afford, often picturing massive facilities full of servers and workstations idly waiting to be called in to action.
The reality is very different. Business Continuity isn't just about the IT. There are many other problems that can occur and which might disrupt your normal day-to-day activities. These sorts of problems happen far more often than we care to think about.
Of course, a failure or an attack on your Information System is a possible cause of business disruption, but don't forget things such as a power cut, fire, flood or a problem at a supplier. These can, and do, fail more often than we think. An interruption may only last a few hours or a day or two, but the impact on your activities could be substantial. Successful businesses plan for the unexpected.
Nascenta offers a Business Continuity Workshop for organisations in and around Cambridge. The workshop includes an introduction to the concepts of business continuity. This tutorial is then followed by a review of your business and a discussion of the next steps for your business continuity plan.
|Business Impact Analysis - Understanding your key business processes and their dependencies|
|Risk Assessment - Assessing the risks to these processes, their likelihood and their impact.|
|Risk Treatment Plan - Decide which risks you will accept, avoid, mitigate or transfer.|
|Plan-on-a-Page - Documentation shouldn't be verbose: In a crisis, flow charts, bullet points and pictures are all easier to process than pages of closely typed text.|
|Communication - Share the plan and its importance for their personal safety and job security.|
|Exercising - Familiarity builds confidence and teaches how to cope with the unexpected.|