Many people focus on compliancy when it comes down to why they have a business continuity plan (BCP). Most people tend to have the mindset of ‘that would never happen to my company.’ While that’s a very confident and positive approach, it isn’t realistic and that’s the problem and all the more reason May 15th-19th is Business Continuity Awareness Week. It’s time to encourage everyone to take the proper protective measures to ensure not only compliancy for their business, but to make sure that in the event of an emergency, their business will be able to bounce back quickly.
Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017
The topic for this Business Continuity Awareness Week is “Cyber Resilience,” which is far from surprising considering a study by the Cyber Resilience Report found that 66% of businesses have reported at least 1 incident regarding cybersecurity. If you are anything like myself or the majority of the world, you probably spend a decent amount of your day using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Cyber-attacks are so advance now, that they are capable of accessing all of the above.
However, cybersecurity shouldn’t be your only concern as far as business continuity goes. There are many other incidents that can occur and it’s important to be able to understand how to prepare for and navigate each crisis. By using the all-hazards approach, your business will be able to ensure that it is able to effectively respond to any crisis.
There are so many different types of potential hazards for businesses, it would be impossible to have a plan dedicated for each possible work disruption. BCPs are difficult to organize and write as is, not using the all-hazards approach can cause plans to be hundreds of pages long, which is not realistic for those writing it or those reading it.
By using the all-hazards approach, you base your BCP around four major impacts disasters can have on a business:
- Loss of facility
- Loss or failure of information technology (IT)
- Reduced workforce
- Reputational event
How Can I Raise Awareness at My Company?
By being prepared for a crisis yourself, others will follow in your footsteps. As a business owner, you should discuss your BCP with your employees and require them to take training courses on what to do in emergency situations. Employees will take what they learn from their current employers to their future jobs, if their current employer does not emphasize the importance of business continuity, they likely will not realize its importance either.
Here at Preparis, we are dedicated to raising awareness about Business Continuity and why it is important that you prepare and protect your business. Why? Because Preparis is dedicated to you. Preparis understands that the process of creating a BCP is stressful. That’s why we offer a wide array of business continuity and life safety services.
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