Plan Ahead or Plan to Fail

How is your DVR doing? No, you didn’t read that wrong! If you are all caught up on this season of Game of Thrones, the HBO smash hit, you might have heard this quote earlier in the season:
“Don’t fight in the North or the South, fight every battle, everywhere, always, in your mind. Everyone is your enemy. Everyone is your friend. Every possible series of events is happening at once. Live that way and nothing will surprise you. Everything that happens will be something that you’ve seen before.”

While we’re taking it out of context today, you’ll find that it applies perfectly to managing your business’s technology. Having a plan, whether it’s for a battle or for disaster recovery, is absolutely essential.

Disaster Recovery Plans and Business Continuity Plans

Disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans are critical aspects of your business’s risk management. Both plans are necessary for ensuring that, in the event of a catastrophe, your company will have an immediate path forward. A disaster recovery plan describes how your business will prepare for an IT catastrophe, how you will respond, and how you will move forward. Business continuity plans look at your business as a whole, beyond your IT department, to determine how to keep the entire business functioning in the event of an emergency.

Two of the common starting places for developing these plans are scenarios that happen to many businesses: getting hit with ransom ware or malware and a server crashing. Through partnering with Computer Services Unlimited, Inc. you can minimize the chance of these events occurring and also prepare an effective plan.

The Importance of a Back-Up Plan

Are you not sure whether or not you need a back-up plan? Keep in mind that back-up plans are critical because:

  • Hardware and software can spontaneously fail
  • Human error can contribute to a disaster
  • Customers have high demands that your team needs to meet
  • Customer re-acquisition can be tremendously expensive
  • Your business is only as strong as its weakest link. If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, that weakest link is probably your IT department.

It’s Not About Being Pessimistic

Finally, it’s important to note that disaster recovery plans aren’t about being pessimistic or hoping for the worst. In contrast, these plans help you to plan for the worst so that if it occurs it won’t actually be the worst. Instead, it will be an effectively managed, temporarily stressful event that you can easily overcome.

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Free IT/Network Assessment

It’s time to develop your plan. Computer Services Unlimited, Inc. wants to be your choice for IT solutions, support and web development. A member of our experienced IT staff will come to your place of business to perform a comprehensive IT assessment free of charge!

We have years of experience working with businesses of every size to set up effective and actionable disaster recovery plans.
To schedule your free IT assessment or website analysis, contact Kevin Spargo at (410) 484-7380 ext. 108, or email him at kspargo@csu-md.com.

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