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5 things to consider for Business continuity

5 things to consider for Business continuity
Is your company prepared for future disruptions due to strikes, sickness, and even cyberattacks? In uncertain times, with weather chaos, industrial strikes and the Easter break set for the next couple of months, not to mention cyberattacks on the rise, can your business technology survive if the worst happens? Do you have a plan? Even a Plan B? What steps should you be taking?

Here are 5 steps to ensure that you don’t encounter IT business disruptions:

1. Security and defence: Every company needs to ensure a robust defence against cyber threats, the best way to achieve this is with a 24×7 Managed Security Operations Center (SOC) or Managed Service Provider (MSP) , but even if you’re not planning on something strategic just yet, you can still benefit from enhanced security. Many providers offer 24/7/365 support. Although be wary as some are supported abroad, meaning things can get lost in translation and handovers.

2. Business continuity: This is vital if connections are lost or equipment fails? How will your business continue? Most companies have a failover and this can be virtual or on premise. But it is vital to have a back up to ensure business resilience.

3. Scalability: Busy periods can sometimes cause chaos. We have all heard of websites crashing. You need to ensure your business can scale up or down based on needs and requirements. This also allows you to save on down periods and allows up scaling to ensure a better customer experience at peak times.

4. Proactive support: This is not always available in house and if members of your team are off sick or on holiday, who will managed the IT desk? This is where an MSP is perfect. It ensures that whatever the issues, someone will be watching over your business 24/7/365. Even better if they have a UK based 24/7 operation support like Codestone!

5. Operation resilience: This is the ability of a server, network, storage system or an entire data centre to recover quickly and continue operating even when there has been an equipment failure, power outage or other disruption. This is not ordinarily something SME’s have in house, so it needs to be outsourced. Again the first and best point of call for this would be an MSP.

So who is your plan B?
Codestone could be it! And beyond, for continuous support and response. To find out more get in touch with Codestone experts.

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