The coronavirus pandemic has, among other things, changed the way we do business forever. So many businesses were caught off guard when country after country went into lockdown. And so many more had no idea how to function between sales plummeting, staff calling in sick and raw materials being held in quarantine.
Now as the world is slowly opening up and getting back to normal, most businesses are realizing the need to have solid disaster recovery plans.
A disaster recovery plan outlines the steps to be undertaken in order to pull the business out of disaster mode – and into recovery mode. For example, for a business shaken to its core by the Covid-19 pandemic, the disaster recovery plan will outline steps to, say, re-start full scale production and cut losses.
We live in a world where businesses rely very, very heavily on tech for every aspect, be it staying in touch with customers or production of an essential item. This heavy reliance on technology makes it all the more important to have a plan for when tech fails you. Or makes you susceptible to a cybersecurity attack.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst – this is the motto of every disaster recovery plan. It is interesting to note that businesses that had a clearer sense of the steps to be taken in case of major mishap, Covid-19 pandemic, were quicker to bounce back.
What is a Business Continuity Plan?
A Business Continuity Plan outlines how a business can continue conducting business as per pre-defined allowable levels in face of the occurrence of a disruptive event.
It allows for systems and clear workflows to be already in place in case of an event threatens the viability of a business and allows it to keep functioning.
Basically, a Business Continuity Plan allows the business to continue, in a somewhat different capacity.
Basic differences between Business Continuity Plan and a Disaster Recovery Plan are:
- While a Business Continuity Plan tries to keep a business running during a disastrous event, a Disaster Recovery Plan focuses on restoring access and infrastructure after the occurrence of said event.
- Both have different goals. Business Continuity Plans try and limit operational downtime while Disaster Recovery Plans limit inefficient functioning of systems.
- Disaster Recovery Plans involve allowing more safety measures and emergency supplies. Business Continuity plans try to make sure operations can be continued with minimum supplies.
As we can see, for a business to succeed in uncertain times, it needs to have a combination of both a solid Business Continuity Plan and a well-founded Disaster Recovery Plan.
Covid’s impact on the industry
There has hardly been any business out there which hasn’t felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Small businesses have especially been gutted by continuing lockdowns, staff shortage, loss of sales, delay in production etc. The pandemic has highlighted the need to have contingency plans in place. So many companies had to switch up their supply chain, many more had to come up with remote working policies on the fly.
We have gone from working on our work PCs for 10 at least hours a day to making the most of our personal PCs. Reliance on VPNs has been through the roof. This, while convenient to most employees, poses a certain cybersecurity risk and goes to show how having a solid IT cybersecurity plan is essential to running a business.
RCN Networks provide expert consultants and can create customized Business Continuity Plans as well as Disaster Recovery Plans for your small business. Get a Free Security Network Risk Assessment, or Call us at 866-GO-RCN-NOW (866-467-2666)