With the quarantine measures taken to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, businesses across the country have been scrambling to keep operating. Offices have largely been shut down, and workers are operating remotely.
While modern technology provides the means for workers to continue to work and collaborate from the safety of their homes, uncertainty looms. It is currently unknown how long this lockdown will last. The longer it continues, the more our economy will be impacted.
Even businesses that operate in industries not directly affected by quarantine will likely feel the ramifications soon enough.
Preparing for the Worst
Many businesses think about (and hopefully prepare for) cyberattacks and security breaches. They may even have a disaster recovery plan in place. A disaster recovery plan is an executable strategy for protecting and restoring critical information and systems in the event of a breach or server failure.
While this is certainly a good start, for times like these, it’s not enough. Workflows are being interrupted, employees are unable to access their usual tools, and companies are beginning to lose clients.
This is why it’s important to have an all-inclusive business continuity plan ready. This doesn’t just prepare you for once-in-a-lifetime viral outbreaks, but security breaches, facility closures, acts of nature, and more. Every year, 20% of businesses experience system loss from events such as fires, floods, outages, etc. These types of occurrences not only result in loss of data, but they displace employees and shatter operations.
A business continuity plan prepares for the worst, creating a means of keeping your business operational in the face of crisis. In addition to a disaster recovery plan, this includes protocols for the rest of your devices, your office setup, employee structure, productivity needs, communication channels, and more.
If you’re currently scrambling to keep your employees engaged, and you’re struggling to maintain normal operations, then you probably didn’t have a continuity plan ready. It’s not too late to start enacting changes and bringing your team together, but it’s going to take time and effort, and you need to move quickly.
Chances are, you’re probably already exceeding the capacity of what you’re able to do on your own. That’s where we can help. Expedient Technology Solutions has the skills and the bandwidth to help you through the current crisis while preparing you for the next.
With us as your managed service provider in Dayton, Ohio, we can keep your systems running and provide you the support you need to handle the current crisis. We can also help you create a plan for future situations, assessing risk and vulnerability and leveraging that information so you know what to prioritize.
Whether you’re big or small, we have plans designed to work for you. Contact us today!