Business continuity planning (BCP) is the process involved in creating a system of prevention and recovery from potential threats to a company. The plan ensures that personnel and assets are protected and are able to function quickly in the event of a disaster. The BCP is generally conceived in advance and involves input from key stakeholders and personnel.
BCP involves defining any and all risks that can affect the company’s operations, making it an important part of the organisation’s risk management strategy. Risks may include natural disasters such as fire, flood, or weather related events, as well as cyber-attacks. Once the risks are identified, the plan should also include:
- Determining how those risks will affect operations
- Implementing safeguards and procedures to mitigate the risks
- Testing procedures to ensure they work
- Reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date
BCP’s are a very important part of any business. Threats and disruptions mean a loss of revenue and higher costs, which leads to a drop in profitability. Businesses can’t rely on insurance alone as it doesn’t cover all the costs and the customers lost to the competition.
Sautech offers offsite data backup, replicated virtual servers and applications hosted in our secure data centre. In the event of data loss, cyber-attack or natural disaster affecting your IT infrastructure, we can spin-up a copy of your data in one of our data centres in order for your employees, clients and staff to continue operations, uninterrupted.