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The Difference Between Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery For Law Firms

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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Research in the UK by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DSMC) discovered that “32% of UK businesses have faced a cyberattack or data breach in the past year.” What does this mean for your law firm or healthcare organization? Law firms need to be prepared for a cyberattack or a natural disaster. Coronavirus is the latest threat to businesses worldwide. What is the difference between business continuity & disaster recovery for law firms?

The reason many businesses are opening themselves to a cyberattack is that many employers are sending staff home to work remotely and the company’s infrastructure, training and implementation of data protection protocols haven’t been fully tested. Test your data protocols and disaster recovery plan before your company is struck by a data breach.

A way that a company can prepare itself for a cyberattack or natural disaster is by having a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan in place. The firm’s business continuity plan entails the company’s detailed processes for resuming business functionality if it suffers a cyberattack. A Business Continuity plan is a document that explains the steps necessary to keep your law firm running and to continue delivering its goods and services to clients with barely a ripple in interruption even if there is a cyberattack.

Your business continuity plan involves creating, designing and testing policies to assure they will help the company recover. Business Continuity helps assure the “open” sign is always up on your business.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery For Law Firms

What is Business Continuity?

A Business Continuity plan is a peace-of-mind document and plan detauikung the steps necessary to keep the law firm up and running while delivering the products/service at all times. It involves the creation and designing of such policies and procedures that makes a business “Always Open”.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Your company’s disaster recovery plan is part of business continuity in the face of a cyberattack or a natural disaster or a pandemic such as Coronavirus. The disaster recovery plan sets measures that will determine how quickly your business can recover from the disaster. This disaster recovery plan may involve:

  1. Off site backup recovery of documents
  2. Copy backed-data onto more than one device and in more than one location. Don’t rely on a cloud server as your sole source of data backup.
  3. Plans for server and network access and restoration

All these procedures could be vital to your company’s survival if it’s struck by a ransomware attack. Having off site and multiple backups help assure all of your data hasn’t been compromised or infected.

What is the difference between a business continuity and a disaster recovery plan?

Many business owners confuse the two; even though these items are part of the same strategy, they perform different functions. One is the document that details the steps and the other details the action steps.

  1. Business continuity is the way your business will continue its critical operations during the disaster or crisis period.
  2. Disaster recovery is the way in which your business will be able to restore its critical business functions and access data following the disaster.

What are some best practices to investigate, and implement, for your BCDR?

  1. Have a plan in place. Don’t scramble once your business has been struck by disaster or a ransomware attack – it’s too late then and your business data has been compromised and may not be accessible.
  2. Putting a BCDR in place could take days, weeks or even months depending on the size of your operation. Establish the resources necessary and incorporate the BCDR. Testing of the BCDR is crucial. Don’t wait until the crisis has hit before you test the plan.
  3. Redundancy is key. If your data center is located in New York City, have a data center in another area; choose one a few hundred miles from the original data center to safeguard data in the event of a natural disaster. Separate data centers could mean the difference between your business being able to recover.
  4. Keep the BCDR docuyment updated. Business continuity and disaster recovery plans should be considered living documents within your business that needs to be reviewed, tested and monitored. The installation of new computers, servers, applications and updates to the system could require an update to the company BCDR. Every business decision can impact the BCDR; it needs to be integrated into each business decision that’s made. Remember, disasters come unannounced and in the midst of a crisis, will testing the BCDR be a priority?
  5. Test and re-test the plans’ effectiveness and ability to deploy when needed. Simulate disasters and put your systems – and your staff – to the test.

Don’t rely on your IT staff to create, implement, monitor and test your company’s business continuity and disaster recovery plan. This is, many times, more than the onsite tech staff can handle and manage in addition to their daily activities. Call on the services of an IT consultant who specializes in disaster recovery and business continuity planning.  

WareGeeks Solutions is a Roselle, New Jersey-based full-service IT solutions and service provider of cybersecurity, managed IT services and data protection. Our team specializes in Data Protection, specifically Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR). We work with medium and large companies, with a focus on law firms and the healthcare industry.

WareGeeks Solutions help organizations transform technology, operations and service delivery to meet business challenges. We first seek to understand your business needs and then apply our in-depth knowledge of Data Protection, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR), Cyber Security whether in the cloud or your data center environments to drafting a roadmap for transformation.

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