5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 2015 is here and there’s no time like the present to get your business continuity plan in place. You’ve got enough things to worry about and business continuity shouldn’t be one of them. As viruses become more complex and damaging, it is up to you as a business owner to take the proactive approach when it comes to prepping your business to combat data threats. Here are just a few ways that you can get your disaster recovery plan up to par for 2015.

  1. Determine your mission-critical items: Every business has their applications, data, services, programs and files that are absolutely crucial in order to keep their business operating. When building your business continuity plans, it is important to note the locations of these mission critical items so that when, not if disaster strikes, you are prepared.
  2. Discover where your vulnerabilities lie: They say that the best way to prep for the storm is to know where your safeguards are weak. The same goes for your IT. Run a discovery program that exposes the weak points in your existing setup and develop a plan to mitigate the potential damages you’ll face.
  3. Create specific backup processes: When you are dealing with disaster, be it natural or internal, you need step-by-step procedures to follow in order to successfully recover your data and preserve your systems. Who will be the first person you call? What will be the first things that you will encrypt? What are the first things that you will back-up? These are all questions that you need to consider and answer when building a business continuity plan.
  4. Build enforcement policies: We all know that when an emergency happens, things can get pretty chaotic and the only way to keep calm is to have a set of rules and regulations to follow. Ensure that each person involved in the business, especially business leaders, have a set of roles and duties during the recovery stage and that they are made aware of them. After this stage, enforcement policies will set up ramifications for not following business procedures. Make sure that these mandates meet governmental regulations such as HIPAA or SEC guidelines.