Disaster strikes when you least expect it, and if you're unprepared your organization can face significant downtime, data loss and employee displacement - all of which can have a serious and detrimental impact on the viability of your business. Planning for all eventualities can help you identify risks and take relevant steps to mitigate them.
However, creating a business continuity program is only half the battle as there are certain things your organization should avoid doing if you don't want to render your plan ineffective.
1. Identifying the Wrong Risks
Don't fall into the trap of concentrating on a narrow set of risks or addressing the wrong risks. A disaster recovery plan needs to be comprehensive, covering all eventualities and identifying as many of your vulnerabilities as possible. The more situations you identify the more areas for improvement you are likely to discover which affords you time to fix them.
2. Failing to Update
If you already have a plan in place, then you're ahead of the game but your plan still needs to be reviewed and maintained on a regular basis. Technology is constantly changing, and ransomware and malware attacks are keeping up with the pace. An out of date plan might leave you vulnerable and unable to effectively recover your business in the event of an attack.
3. Lack of Plan Testing
As well as keeping your plan up to date, it's also important to practice implementing the plan with pertinent staff through frequent training exercises. Several times a year will allow you to see if your business continuity program is working and if there are areas of weakness that need modification. Threats change and evolve, becoming more sophisticated every year, therefore testing the plan often will help to close the resiliency perception gap that often accompanies safety measures. It will also be invaluable in keeping staff fully informed on how to deal with a myriad of disruptions as recent research found that 78% of companies face unplanned disruption and risks for critical applications.