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Business Continuity 101: Prepare A Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BCDR) Plan

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You never know when disaster might strike your business. Whether in the form of a natural disaster or in a ransomware attack, your business needs to have a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan in place.

You don’t want to wonder IF a ransomware or other cybersecurity attack will occur, but WHEN and when it happens, how long will it take you to recover? It’s estimated that 60% of all businesses that have a ransomware attack never recover. Those that do, will pay out, on average $200,000 to fully recover. Could you afford to close your doors or pay $200,000 or higher to stay in business?

A business continuity and disaster recovery plan can’t help you predict a ransomware or cybersecurity attack, but it can help you recover.

When working with a BCDR specialist he or she will put together a plan outlining the steps that need to be taken in the event of a ransomware attack. Those steps could include:

  1. How to reduce loss
  2. How to avoid the cyberattack
  3. How to keep the doors open
  4. How to bounce back
  5. How to protect your reputation if the cyberattack infiltrated customer or client databases

To prepare a BCDR, we will dig deep to identify the potential risks to your business and to any glaring areas where a breach could occur. A cyberattack could bring down your company’s e-commerce server but it could also expose client credit card information to hackers.

When you’re dealing with information, the threats to a business are not as obvious as those suffered by a business after a hurricane wreaks havoc. Information and internet security require looking for unique ways to protect, access and manage data.

Here are some strategies to recover from a data breach that your business continuity and disaster recovery professional may address:

  1. Arranging off-site back-up and storage of critical data
  2. Utilizing cloud-based storage
  3. Quickly patching any breaches and preventing the loss of customer data

Keep in mind that following a cybersecurity attack is too late to put these strategies into practice. When a disaster strikes, you need to have been prepared to address it head on. Recovery will be key to continued business viability.

Implementation of your BCDR plan needs to be followed by testing and reviewing

After your business continuity and disaster recovery plan have been put in place, they need to be tested to assure that every potential area for the breach has been protected. The test needs to be performed regularly to assure all software patches and cybersecurity measures are being adhered to by all staff (not just IT staff). If you find inadequacies in the BCDR measures, it’s better to find them during your testing than in the midst of a ransomware attack.

Put together a plan that will outline the steps that need to be taken in the event of a ransomware attack. Those steps could include:

  1. How to reduce loss
  2. How to avoid the cyberattack
  3. How to keep the doors open
  4. How to bounce back
  5. How to protect your reputation if the cyberattack infiltrated customer or client databases

To prepare a BCDR, we will dig deep to identify the potential risks to your business and to any glaring areas where a breach could occur. A cyberattack could bring down your company’s e-commerce server but it could also expose client credit card information to hackers.

After your business continuity and disaster recovery plan have been put in place, it needs to be tested to assure that every potential area for the breach has been protected. The test needs to be performed regularly to assure all software patches and cybersecurity measures are being adhered to by all staff (not just IT staff). If you find inadequacies in the BCDR measures, it’s better to find them during your testing than in the midst of a ransomware attack.

I run an IT & Cyber Security Consultancy focusing on Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery (BCDR). We work professionals in many fields including legal, real estate, accounting and medical.

If you have security and business continuity and cybersecurity questions let me know. I am also filling up my calendar with guests on my Security Disciple Podcast. If you’d like to be a guest, please DM me @waregeeks, call (877) 653-7146, or email me info@waregeeks.comwww.waregeeks.com

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You never know when disaster might strike your business. Whether in the form of a natural disaster or in a ransomware attack, your business needs to have a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan in place.

You don’t want to wonder IF a ransomware or other cybersecurity attack will occur, but WHEN and when it happens, how long will it take you to recover? It’s estimated that 60% of all businesses that have a ransomware attack never recover. Those that do, will pay out, on average $200,000 to fully recover. Could you afford to close your doors or pay $200,000 or higher to stay in business?

A business continuity and disaster recovery plan can’t help you predict a ransomware or cybersecurity attack, but it can help you recover.

When working with a BCDR specialist he or she will put together a plan that will outline the steps that need to be taken in the event of a ransomware attack. Those steps could include:

  1. How to reduce loss
  2. How to avoid the cyberattack
  3. How to keep the doors open
  4. How to bounce back
  5. How to protect your reputation if the cyberattack infiltrated customer or client databases

To prepare a BCDR, we will dig deep to identify the potential risks to your business and to any glaring areas where a breach could occur. A cyberattack could bring down your company’s e-commerce server but it could also expose client credit card information to hackers.

When you’re dealing in information, the threats to a business are not as obvious as those suffered by a business after a hurricane wreaks havoc. Information and internet security require looking for unique ways to protect, access and manage data.

Here are some strategies to recover from a data breach that your business continuity and disaster recovery professional may address:

  1. Arranging off-site back-up and storage of critical data
  2. Utilizing cloud-based storage
  3. Quickly patching any breaches and preventing the loss of customer data

Keep in mind that following a cybersecurity attack is too late to put these strategies into practice. When a disaster strikes, you need to have been prepared to address it head on. Recovery will be key to continued business viability.

Implementation needs to be followed by testing and reviewing

After your business continuity and disaster recovery plan have been put in place, they need to be tested to assure that every potential area for breach has been protected. The test needs to be performed regularly to assure all software patches and cybersecurity measures are being adhered to by all staff (not just IT staff). If you find inadequacies in the BCDR measures, it’s better to find them during your testing than in the midst of a ransomware attack.

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