Prevention, Contingency Planning And Disaster Recovery
All boring but quite essential ...
We take out insurance in case of disaster. We insure our house, our pets and our lives against most risks so why do we, all too often, ignore risks to our business? Prevention is about minimising the occurrence of the contingency ...
It may sound boring but prevention, contingency planning and disaster recovery is quite essential!
A fire risk assessment identifies the risks and the necessary steps to prevent a fire and you should ensure your staff are trained in risk identification. When we're talking about protecting your business data, then keep it in a secure and safe environment whilst storing the backup data in at least two separate locations to reduce the risk of data loss. And, of course, using access control prevents unauthorised access to important parts of your business.
"Contingency planning is what to do when things start to go wrong, day or night!"
You should always have an up-to-date list of who (and how) to call for assistance. What procedures are in place if one of your contacts is on holiday? When you create a process list, you will have the steps you need to take to recover in case of a disaster. This may even be a flow chart as it can contain staff responsibilities and alternatives if they are not available.
Always ensure external suppliers and services are aware of your plans so you can be sure of quick access to parts and equipment if needed. And with this in mind, regularly review and revise your plans! These important documents, contingency plans and contact lists should be stored well out of the risk area and copies made available to all involved as well as off-site.
To be able to implement your disaster recovery plan efficiently, you'll need to practice it regularly. Fire drills, data backups, your contacts list and telephone numbers should all be checked regularly and tweaked if issues arise with them.
As we support such a diverse range of clients, it is imperative that Picaw is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I'm relentless in testing and reviewing our prevention policies, contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures.
"I sincerely hope we never have to use them, but I know we're ready should the worst happen!"
How about you? Picaw can assist both the planning, prevention and, should the worst happens, disaster recovery for your own business. Call me on 0845 287 3622 and let's see how we can help you.
Until next time ...
While working with Volvo in the late 70’s I realised the way forward in international component distribution was computing. I created a company distributing components for several international manufacturers using the 'new' computers of the day. I quickly realised we needed our own programs so started writing distribution software. I grew the company by developing the software until I eventually sold my shares 20 years later, but retaining the rights to the software. I continued developing the software and supplied it to several similar companies where the software is still used today.
During 1999, I was asked by a friend to develop a facility to video the live sea conditions on the south coast accessible on the internet. Working with a Linux software developer I created our first remote video application. The internet boom of 2000 allowed me to develop a commercial application forming the basis of our systems today.