4IT Blog

4IT has been serving the Miami area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Is Your Business Prepared To Survive A Major Weather Event?

Is Your Business Prepared To Survive A Major Weather Event?

As a business owner, you expect to stay in control of what your business does. Unfortunately, there are certain variables in running a business that simply can’t be controlled, like the weather. Therefore, you need to take special care to ensure that these uncontrollable instances don’t become a threat to your business’ prolonged existence. To this end, we recommend a business continuity plan.

A business continuity plan is a strategy that covers every possible outcome of a situation that threatens the continuation of your business. It’s a plan which allows your business to keep operations moving even when it seems the world is against you. Take, for example, a lightning strike. It could fry the power infrastructure in your building. Similarly, the uncontrollable torrents of a flood could leave your business underwater.

Thus, the importance of preparing for such occurrences. You must enact a business continuity plan before any of these incidents have a chance to harm your organization. You certainly can’t go without one, as the risk is simply unthinkable. This type of preventative thinking is exactly what you need to keep your business afloat.

First, you need to decide what exactly needs to be addressed by your business continuity plan. Build out a list of where you stand to lose the most in case a disaster hits home. In other words, think about the absolute worst-case scenario. What’s the maximum cost of your organization losing all business functionality? How do these expenses affect your budget? How much time would it take to recover from such a catastrophe? This is called the Business Impact Analysis, and it’s used to help you prioritize the biggest problems in the event of a disaster.

Your business continuity plan should include the following:

  1. Establish the plan’s reach.
  2. Identify your key business areas.
  3. Establish which business functions are critical.
  4. Outline which business areas and functions are interdependent.
  5. Establish a limit to how much downtime each function can experience.
  6. Plan to continue operations.

Once your plan has been created and well-documented, and your responsibilities have been distributed to your team, you need to train your staff and test the process thoroughly to ensure that it works as intended.

You could have the best process in the world and it wouldn’t be complete without a comprehensive data backup plan. The ideal backup solution is one which allows your data to survive even an in-house disaster like a hardware failure, which can be done by storing it in the cloud or an off-site data center. These backups should be continually updated throughout the day to minimize data lost in the event of a disaster. Just make sure that you keep the backup in a separate location from the rest of your infrastructure, as you could lose both the original and the backup if they are in the same location.

We can’t know when you’ll experience a data loss disaster, but that’s why managed IT services that take preventative measures exist. To learn more about how we can help your business survive in the face of inclement weather or other dangerous scenarios, reach out to us at 305-278-7100.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, 21 September 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Best Practices Privacy Microsoft Business Computing Internet software Backup Hackers Hosted Solutions Productivity Business Management Managed Service Provider Malware IT Services Business Google Efficiency Windows Innovation Disaster Recovery IT Support Hardware Workplace Tips Business Continuity VoIP Saving Money Computer Miscellaneous Virtualization User Tips Upgrade Windows 10 Mobile Devices Mobile Device Management Data Server Mobile Computing Network Security Email Save Money Microsoft Office Communication Alert Network Quick Tips communications Information Technology Social Media Smartphones BYOD Going Green Mobile Office Smartphone Android Apps Small Business Office Health Operating System Chrome Outsourced IT Application Ransomware Browser Gadgets Firewall Avoiding Downtime Productivity Managed IT Services Disaster Tablet Holiday The Internet of Things Passwords Remote Computing Unified Threat Management IT Solutions Managed IT Spam Cybercrime BDR Risk Management Telephone Systems Mobility Search WiFi Automation Hacking Facebook Best Practice Vendor Management Data Management Hard Drives Saving Time Cybersecurity Employer-Employee Relationship Budget History Remote Monitoring VPN Wireless Technology Apple Office Tips Big Data Marketing Phishing Password Proactive IT Hosted Solution Law Enforcement Computers Customer Relationship Management Recovery Phone System Collaboration Virus Money Current Events Antivirus Printer Bring Your Own Device Shortcut Social USB Content Filtering Analytics Gmail Router Humor Administration Telephony User Error Wearable Technology Office 365 iPhone Lithium-ion battery Maintenance PowerPoint Laptop OneNote Users Windows 8 Education Wireless Trending Unsupported Software Net Neutrality Data Recovery HaaS Cloud Computing Google Drive Business Intelligence Tech Support Save Time Outlook Point of Sale Encryption IT COnsultant Data Backup Social Engineering Computer Repair Work/Life Balance Government App Cost Management Intranet Private Cloud Bandwidth Printer Server Compliance Personal Information Mouse Efficency Transportation IT Support Two-factor Authentication Computer Care Battery Robot Managing Stress SaaS Excel Automobile Vulnerability End of Support Audit Display Travel Augmented Reality Internet Exlporer Data Storage Paperless Office Network Congestion Update Internet of Things Customer Service Biometrics Identity Theft Data Protection Fax Server Solid State Drive Help Desk Retail Virtual Reality Flexibility Workplace Meetings Streaming Media Uninterrupted Power Supply Instant Messaging Emails Samsung online currency Wi-Fi HIPAA Emergency Entertainment Benefits Applications DDoS Computer Accessories Social Networking hacker ISP IT Security WIndows Server 2008 Distributed Denial of Service Cleaning risk management Uograde Images WIndows 7 Experience Inbound Marketing Programming Keyboard Patch Management Blogging Avoid Downtime eWaste Regulations Windows 10 Music Commerce Value Hiring/Firing Regulation Website Cameras Data storage User Books OneDrive Smart Technology Sync Video Games Science Virtual Desktop Wiring Presentation Amazon Document Management iOS Data Breach Managed IT Service Co-managed IT Advertising Information Bluetooth Best Available Adobe Legal Managed IT Services IT Technicians Touchpad Debate Mobile Device Computer Fan Managed Security SharePoint Scam Licensing Ebay Computing Dark Web Screen Mirroring Teamwork Busines Continuity Employer Employee Relationship Sports Operating Sysytem Networking Near Field Communication Worker Commute Cast PDF Nokia Scalability Windows 10s Files Human Resources IT consulting Nanotechnology Safety Data Security Text Messaging Running Cable Tablets How To Hard Disk Drive Twitter Chromecast Reliable Computing Upgrades Root Cause Analysis HBO Artificial Intelligence Surge Protector Bloatware Training NFL best practices Television Administrator Colocation Consultant 3D Printing CrashOverride The Blindside Of IT Management Company Culture Word Black Market data breach Access Branding Hard Drive Touchscreen Politics Settings Gift Giving Microblogging Youtube Windows Ink Shadow IT Relocation Storage Sales IT service Managed Service Provder Webinar Domains Lifestyle Webinar Buisness Taxes Mobile IT solutions Supercomputer Electronic Medical Records Professional Services Tutorial IT Budget Reputation