Disaster Prevention and Recovery
How resilient is your business when it comes to disruption?
If a critical IT process or component goes “down” how severely is your overall business affected?
How long could your business survive if you could only utilize 50% of your IT resources? How about 0%? A few minutes or hours of downtime can translate into thousands of dollars lost. A few days can lethal.
With a comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery plan tailor-made by our expert risk assessment experts, your business with be able to minimize downtime and utilize a disaster recovery plan in the event of an IT emergency.
At Auxiom we understand that each business has its own unique set of values, dependencies, and considerations. We know that there is no universal strategy or recommendation plan that can adequately protect every client as every client faces unique challenges. This is why we thoroughly dissect and study your business from the bottom-up and from the inside-out (what we at Auxiom refer to as the “diagnose before we prescribe” approach).
What Solutions Does Auxiom Offer?
Business Continuity Planning
A business continuity plan primarily focuses to maintaining critical business functions and/or operations (in essence “keeping the doors open, lights on, and the cash registers working”). The most effective Business Continuity plans are often very broad in scope and not just limited to IT functions and infrastructure. A Business Continuity Plan involves a heavy degree of management oversight and specifically outlines the procedures, processes, and safeguards that a company’s stakeholders will put into action to ensure you can remain “open for business” during and after any possible disaster scenario that can conceivably happen. The severity level of the anticipated disaster can range from relatively minor (power outage) to catastrophic (environmental or natural disaster resulting in the permanent physical loss of the primary office workspace or key personnel). A comprehensive and well-designed business continuity plan will have consideration for both short-term and long-term contingencies:
Short Term Concerns:
From an information technology infrastructure standpoint, a successful business continuity plan provides uninterrupted access to critical data and IT systems, as well a safe and secure location for employees to work if the main office or work location is compromised or unusable in any way. Even basic business continuity plans involve preparing so no matter the particular situation, network connections, online systems, phones, network drives, servers, and business applications can run without any noticeable lag or downtime.
Long Term Concerns:
If the disaster is severe then there will undoubtedly be some permanent long term changes to the status quo and a proper business continuity plan should have a strategic plan of action to help the affected company make the transition without any loss of organizational stability or negative affect on generating revenue/profits. If the original work location is no longer usable, then plans for either temporary or permanent relocation to a suitable work site should be included the business continuity plan. If significant damage to physical information technology hardware, assets, or architecture has occurred, then similar anticipatory plans to replace them in a timely manner and have them integrated into the systems that are still up and running should be outlined. If key personnel become unavailable due to the disaster, then outlining of responsibility and authority via a chain of command and what roles staff should adopt depending on the situation should be delineated in advance so there is no loss of leadership during the crisis and also so there are no issues with succession planning in the aftermath.
Disaster Recovery Planning
Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Earthquakes. Fires. Floods. Terrorist attacks. Cyber attacks. Simple
Power Outages. Any of these could happen to your business at any time. Even today most small and medium sized businesses don’t have a basic Disaster Recovery Plans in place to protect their critical data, employees and business functions – and the typical DR plan for few enterprises that do are usually woefully incomplete.
Disaster Recovery Plans are usually a sub-component of a larger business continuity plan. DR plans are typically much more narrowly focused on restoring critical IT infrastructure in the event of major catastrophes resulting in the physical loss or destruction of assets that are essential to business operations. Whereas a business continuity might be more focused on communication between personnel and organization integrity, a Disaster recovery plans would focus more on procedures for the restoring computer systems, salvaging, retrieving, or accessing critical data from offsite backups, and ensuring that any privileged data and/or information held in the affected company’s possession is secured and not otherwise lost or compromised.