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Response and Recovery the Importance of Keeping Up to Date

Walk into almost any office, ask if they’ve got a response and recovery plan, and they’ll often point to a dusty shelf and tell you that yes they do. Next, ask them when their response and recovery plan was last updated. Chances are they won’t be able to reply with the same amount of certainty.

Despite businesses being aware that there are an increasing number of threats to their valuable data, often their response and recovery plans are outdated and don’t reflect technological change.

In this year’s Business Continuity Institute Horizon Scan survey , it was noted that cyber-attacks are now the top threat facing businesses, with 82 per cent of survey participants expressing their concern about them. With the repercussions of a cyber-attack being as significant as they are, it’s more important than ever that your disaster response and recovery plan is kept reassessed and updated on a regular basis.

When assessing your plan, you should book in a ‘test date’. Testing your plan is vital in ensuring that employees are able to implement it when needed. Other, more routine testing, should also take place throughout the year. This might include ensuring that all employees mentioned in the plan are still with the company and checking that the phone numbers in the plan are current.

Performing these tests is one of the best ways for you to find out which sections of your response and recovery strategy are deficient, or which areas you’ve neglected to plan for altogether. Test dates should be scheduled at least twice a year, as well as whenever your operational environment changes or a new threat appears imminent. The Ebola crisis is one such example of an unpredictable threat, which proved to be a major concern for businesses.

When Sony’s computer systems were compromised in 2014, they estimated that the breach cost them $100 million. It’s crucial that businesses learn from Sony’s mistakes and keep up to date with their  response and recovery plans, allowing them to deal with any problems their business does experience in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

If your response and recovery plans have been left untouched, then it’s time for you to take action. RecoveryWorks Consulting can work with you to identify what threats your business faces, and then to develop customized strategies that will be most suitable for your organization.

To find out more, get in touch with the RecoveryWorks team today. 

Mohammed Chughtai MBCI

Managing Director RecoveryWorks Consulting

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