In a world where data breach is on the rise, security is very important for the safety of employees and a company’s information. Natural and manmade disasters of any kind happen every day, so how do you keep your data safe? 

One way to keep your people and information secure is by implementing a business continuity plan (BCP) to ensure that your data is protected. A BCP creates a system of prevention and recovery from any potential threats to an organization. The plan ensures that personnel and assets are protected and able to function quickly in the event of a disaster.

Every organization should have a detailed BCP in place to prepare when a disaster hits, such as a data breach. Training should be provided with instruction on:

  • How to handle this type of situation
  • How work will continue 
  • How information will be recovered

A BCP promotes a shared understanding of planning and decision-making to help each organization as they examine all possible disasters and how to prepare accordingly. The BCP should contain multiple components that incorporate short- and long-term mitigation strategies, detailing the party responsible for each task and the courses of action that should be taken. Ideally, the plan helps ease the minds of everyone involved.

As a BCP is being developed, it should comply with any applicable industry and state regulations. Each organization’s plan should be consistent with its mission, management policy, and finances. Effective BCPs will have to change as the risk changes, having comprehensive plans that incorporate measures to continuously evaluate and update.

There is always the chance that an organization can’t prevent disaster from striking, but they can be prepared for if and when one occurs. A complete BCP can provide the comfort and trust needed to protect employees, clients, and the company’s assets so they can continue to function in the event of a disaster. A BCP is vital for every organization no matter their size so the business can keep moving.