Synapse is excited to announce that we are now a Datto Professional Partner. Being part of the Datto Professional Global Partner Program means we can help to protect essential business data for our customers, while delivering uninterrupted access to data on-site, in transit and even in the cloud. This service is an integral part of any Business Continuity plan.

So what is Business Continuity and why is it Important?

Business Continuity is about having a plan to deal with difficult situations that may arise within your business such as flood, fire, theft, cyber attack or hardware failure. It’s important to ensure your organisation can continue to function and is protected with as little disruption as possible when a difficult situation arises. Your plan should help you to:

  • Identify and prevent risks where possible
  • Prepare for risks that you can’t control
  • Respond and recover if an incident or crisis occurs

Make a Plan

A good Business Continuity plan is the first place to start when thinking about BC. You need to ask yourself, how long would your business be down for in case of fire, theft, flood or hardware failure? How much time, data and money would you lose? A plan recognises any potential threats to an organisation and provides an analysis on the impact that threat may have on day-to-day operations of the business. It also provides you with a way to alleviate these possible threats by putting in place a framework to allow key functions of the business to continue operating and re-establish full function as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Key Elements – Resilience, Recovery and Contingency

A Business Continuity plan should have these three key elements:

  • An organisation can increase their resilience by designing critical functions and infrastructures with different disaster possibilities in mind. This can include functions such as staffing rotations, data redundancy and maintaining a surplus or stock or capacity.
  • After a disaster, rapid recovery to restore business functions is vital. Setting recovery time objectives for different systems, networks or applications can help to prioritise which elements need to be recovered first.
  • A good contingency plan should have procedures in place for a variety of external scenarios; these can include a chain of command that distributes responsibilities within the organisation. These particular responsibilities can include hardware replacement, leasing office spaces as well as damage assessment.

For more information on how we can assist you with your Business Continuity plan, please contact Synapse here.

Hayden McMaster