Business Continuity, Security and Backups
A presentation by Les Bain and Robin McCain for
PASS (Professional Association of Support Services
Business Continuity – What is it?
- Business Continuity is a mindset, not a commodity.
- It is the conscious decision process to plan for your business to continue in
the face of adversity or even disaster.
- Physical systems can help, but effective solutions really depend on your perceptions,
experiences and periodic task check offs.
- Business Continuity now can be the savior to guard against something as simple
as someone tripping over a power cord and disabling a home/business desktop
computer in the middle of an on-line transaction, for example.
Business Continuity – Why do it?
What is the worst that can happen? How prepared are we? Where is the business vulnerable?
How do we know our plans will work? What about our people?
How do we determine our risk tolerance? How can we leverage our technology?
Are we willing to take that risk?
Author/researcher Michael Croy of the Forsythe Solutions Group consultancy noted the following:
- Nearly one-third of current businesses that suffer a major IT disaster go out of business
within two to four months.
- Two-thirds of mid- to large-sized companies have experienced from one to 24 hours of
unplanned down time, with an average cost per incident of $3 million.
- Two-thirds of U.S. companies say it would take days to weeks to recover from a significant
Business Continuity includes all the following security topics
- Financial (income/expenses)
- Personal affairs
- Client affairs
- Corporate interests
- National interests
But specifically for this document, Business Continuity is for the technical side of the business.
It you computer is essential to your business, then you need a plan for the computer to continue operating.
Backups – essential for Business Continuity
- Business Continuity for Computers starts with a sound backup system.
- Backups are the major line of defense against disaster
- Backups are important enough to make sure there are redundant backups
- Data storage and retrieval
Backups – Defining the Terms
- Onsite versus Offsite Backups
- Full backups versus incremental backups
- What is RAID - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
Backups – discussion
- What needs to be backed up?
- Program Information
- Data in the cloud – gmail, etc.
- How often does it need to be backed up?
- As soon as it is saved?
- Once a Day
- What is the best method
Backups – reference
- Backups covered in Sallie Goetsch's fileslinger site
Business Continuity for Computers – Security
- Defend against Malware: Worms, Viruses, Spyware, Rootkits
- Keep Software current
- Use a Firewall
- Keep your computer tuned so you know when you have a problem
Business Continuity for Computers – What is means to your business
- Worst case scenarios vs routine snafus
- What really matters in the end - can you recover without fatal losses?
Business Continuity for Computers – Reference
- Robin McCain is the owner
of Small Business Network and a member of the Producers Guild.(SmBizNets) www.SmBizNets.com.
- SmBizNets helps you manage
& maintain your computer network from mouse to server.
- We also have extensive experience
in multimedia, computer graphics, business presentations, trade
show displays, events planning and more.
- Your business has a Business
Plan to focus your goals and activities. Have you considered creating
a Technology Plan? Business work environments are rapidly evolving
– yesterday's paper based file cabinet is being replaced by network
based storage. SmBizNets can help you plan for the most cost effective
investments to make your office more productive. We do the troubleshooting
and solve the problems so you can focus on your business objectives.