Business disaster plan tips

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Wayne Ohlemeier, Sonitrol Pacific’s Chief Technical Officer, forwarded the “Seven Habits Of Highly Resilient Organizations” from Security Products to me and I want to share it with you a taste of the information the article delivers.  Visit the Security Products website for the complete article.

Tips: Seven Habits Of Highly Resilient Organizations
Secure Products Online
February 10, 2010

Small and mid-sized organizations are especially at risk when disaster strikes, since few have the resources or knowledge to develop full-scale continuity plans. Often, first actions are directed toward the protection of physical property. But more important than an organization’s physical property is ensuring the integrity of its data, communications capabilities and the information technology infrastructure to support both — regardless of the circumstances surrounding a disaster.

Here are seven habits that CDW Government LLC, a provider of information technology solutions to business, government, and education, advises organizations adopt to ensure they are prepared for any business contingency and that they remain resilient in the event of unplanned interruptions.

These habits can help organizations prevent costly downtime, reduce inconvenience to customers and minimize damage to an organization or agency’s reputation. These habits are provided by CDW-G’s team of technology specialists and systems engineers, who are experts in evaluating and designing technology solutions for government agencies, educational institutions and healthcare facilities.

1. Conduct a business impact assessment.
2. Take steps to protect data.
Tape Rotation
Data Replication
Appliance Backup
Data Vaulting Facilities
3. Review power options.
4. Identify and appoint a cross-functional preparedness team and a recovery team.
5. Document, test and update the disaster preparedness plan.
6. Consider telecommunications alternatives.
7. Form tight relationships with vendors.

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