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Do You Have an“Insurance Policy” to Protect Your Data and Workflow Against Localized Disaster? Business Continuity

You’ve bought a number of policies for your business. You have key-man insurance, fire insurance, flood insurance, liability insurance, and others.

But what strategy or “insurance policy” do you have to protect your access to essential files and workflow?

Let’s answer some common questions about business continuity.

What is a Business Continuity Strategy?

A business continuity strategy is a plan that allows your employees to continue working on client files and time-sensitive projects even if their access to IT resources (computers, servers, network) within your facility is limited or eliminated.

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Why Have a Business Continuity Strategy?

Geelong business owners choose to develop and implement business continuity strategies for several reasons.

  1. Their business cannot afford extended downtime
  2. Their work processes are highly dependent upon technology
  3. Their clients depend on their business for on-time product and services delivery
  4. They want to keep employees working, cash flow moving, and salaries paid

What Dangers Drive the Need for A Business Continuity Strategy?

  • Localised flooding
  • Fire
  • Human Error
  • Local Criminal Activity
  • Hacking / Breaches
  • Storms
  • Electricity Outages
  • Ransomware
  • Malware

What is a Business Continuity Strategy Designed to Protect?

  • Work Processes
  • Critical Data
  • Employee Income
  • Client Files
  • Deadlines and Obligations
  • Company Reputation

How Does a Business Continuity Strategy Work?

In simplest terms, your critical data and all or a part of your workflow is replicated and synchronised in a cloud environment. If you lose access to some or all of your IT assets within your facility, your employees will be able to access the data they need to work and will be given the ability to pick up right where they left off before the disaster occurred.

What are the Steps in a Business Continuity Strategy?

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    Step 1.

    Choose an IT support company that provides Business Continuity Strategy to companies in Victoria.

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    Step 2.

    Consult with your IT support professionals to determine the workflows that are essential.

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    Step 3.

    Allow your IT support team to replicate those workflows and critical data within an offsite cloud environment.

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    Step 4.

    Find and secure a secondary location outside the local area that can be utilised as a failover location if needed.

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    Step 5.

    Work with your IT support company to create protocols for the business continuity strategy.

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    Step 6.

    Train all employees – existing and new hires – on the business continuity strategy.

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    Step 7.

    Appoint an executive-level employee to oversee the ongoing Business Continuity training.

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    Step 8.

    Assess the Business Continuity strategy yearly to ensure that changes to the company, infrastructure, and personnel haven’t negatively impacted the strategy’s effectiveness.