Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?
Disasters happen. Is your business ready?
Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important your business is equipped to deal with the problem.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 40% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important you have a disaster preparedness plan ready. In creating such a plan Cindy Bates, Microsoft US SMB Vice President, recommends you consider the following:
Communication strategy – Make a plan about how you will communicate any disaster and its affects to your internal and external audiences.
Financial management – Ensure you can still access your company accounts, pay bills on time and make the payroll.
Data backup – Keep your company information safe by backing up assets and storing a copy offsite on a regular basis.
Cloud-based software – Move software to cloud-based versions of the programs you use today. This acts as a great alternative to data backup and lets employees have access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars – anytime from virtually anywhere.
Technology updates – Maintain vigilance when it comes to keeping your technology updated with security patches to safeguard your network against the latest threats.
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Used with permission from Microsoft.