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.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, 19 November 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 Privacy Best Practices Microsoft software Internet Business Computing Backup Hackers Productivity Hosted Solutions Business Management Managed Service Provider Malware Google IT Services Business Efficiency Windows Disaster Recovery IT Support Innovation Business Continuity Hardware VoIP Workplace Tips Computer User Tips Saving Money Miscellaneous Virtualization Upgrade Windows 10 Mobile Devices Mobile Device Management Data Server Network Security Mobile Computing Alert Email Communication Network Save Money Microsoft Office Quick Tips communications Small Business Smartphone Smartphones BYOD Going Green Mobile Office Information Technology Social Media Android Health Office Apps Application Managed IT Services Ransomware Outsourced IT Operating System Browser Chrome Gadgets Productivity Disaster Managed IT Tablet Holiday Firewall WiFi Avoiding Downtime Mobility IT Solutions Best Practice Data Management Spam Passwords BDR Cybercrime Search Telephone Systems Risk Management Cybersecurity The Internet of Things Remote Computing Unified Threat Management Apple Hard Drives Saving Time Vendor Management Employer-Employee Relationship Budget VPN Automation History Remote Monitoring Facebook Hacking Data Recovery Content Filtering Money Proactive IT Phishing Password Marketing Data Backup Hosted Solution User Error Computers Collaboration Recovery Phone System iPhone Customer Relationship Management Law Enforcement Wireless Technology Office Tips Big Data USB Antivirus Shortcut Analytics Encryption Social Gmail Router Bring Your Own Device Government Telephony Lithium-ion battery Humor Administration Wearable Technology Work/Life Balance Maintenance Current Events PowerPoint Virus Office 365 Printer Vulnerability Personal Information Outlook Business Intelligence Wireless Unsupported Software App Google Drive Social Engineering Cloud Computing Cost Management Point of Sale IT COnsultant Save Time Intranet Bandwidth Data Security Computer Repair Printer Server Data Protection Private Cloud Laptop OneNote Education Trending Net Neutrality SaaS Users Audit Windows 8 Politics HaaS Tech Support Paperless Office Transportation Travel Fax Server Battery Robot Computer Care Update Workplace Customer Service Biometrics Data Storage Automobile Streaming Media Retail Network Congestion End of Support Virtual Reality Uninterrupted Power Supply Meetings online currency Help Desk Internet Exlporer Instant Messaging Emails Internet of Things HIPAA Identity Theft Entertainment Solid State Drive Sports Benefits Flexibility DDoS Efficency Computer Accessories Compliance Mouse Samsung Social Networking Wi-Fi Two-factor Authentication Emergency IT Support Artificial Intelligence Display Managing Stress Applications Windows 10 Excel Augmented Reality hacker Virtual Desktop Presentation Lifestyle IT Security Bluetooth Ebay Best Available Cleaning Sync Data Loss Experience iOS IT Technicians Computing Keyboard Managed IT Service Avoid Downtime Managed IT Services Wiring SharePoint Adobe Google Docs Information Music Computer Fan Hiring/Firing Debate Data storage Teamwork Licensing Microsoft Excel Busines Continuity Books Dark Web Networking Near Field Communication Smart Technology Screen Mirroring Video Games Document Management Twitter File Sharing Data Breach Advertising Human Resources IT consulting Surge Protector Cast Legal Windows 10s Touchpad Running Cable Television Mobile Device systems Nokia Managed Security Nanotechnology 3D Printing Reliable Computing Scam Hard Disk Drive Tablets Bloatware hack Root Cause Analysis ISP Employer Employee Relationship HBO Worker Commute best practices Operating Sysytem NFL Cortana CrashOverride PDF Programming Files Branding Blogging IT Management Scalability data breach Distributed Denial of Service Word Legislation Safety Settings Text Messaging Chromecast Website WIndows 7 WIndows Server 2008 How To Windows Ink Inbound Marketing risk management Hard Drive eWaste Storage Upgrades Regulations OneDrive Administrator Training Patch Management Consultant Google Maps Value Uograde Images Colocation Amazon Co-managed IT Cameras The Blindside Of Commerce Black Market Access User Company Culture Regulation Touchscreen Software as a Service Science Managed Service Provder Shadow IT Webinar Relocation Buisness Webinar Tutorial IT solutions Mobile Professional Services Taxes Gift Giving Supercomputer Electronic Medical Records IT Budget Reputation Comparison Youtube IT service Microblogging Specifications Domains Sales