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– should have their specific risks assessed.
The safety of personnel, data, and business
critical documents should be analyzed to
determine the impact of worse-case scenarios as well as the potential financial
losses. The more details put into the analysis will yield a better plan.
Develop a Formal Plan
Once vulnerabilities have been identified, make disaster recovery a top priority
and create a formal plan. Without a comprehensive strategy, the exposure to losses
increases significantly. Business continuity
planning must take into consideration all
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functions of an enterprise. To be fully prepared it’s crucial to be flexible, creative, and
redundant. The plan needs to be communicated to all employees, tested in advance
and modified, and business needs change.
Identify a Disaster Recovery Team
Have Multiple Places to Go
If a company’s office is not accessible
and working from home is not an option,
companies can use the services of a flexible
workspace to ensure a professional work
environment can be mobilized quickly in
the wake of a disaster. A safe space with
access to phones, Internet, and administrative support can be accessed on demand,
all in an effort to ensure business carries
on as usual.
Go To the Cloud
Make sure your data is backed up. Cloud
computing makes is easy to keep your
documents secure and allows you access
to them wherever you are. Cloud data storage is affordable, scalable, and provides
rapid access to data allowing businesses to
be functional within minutes. People don’t
have to be next to the data to be productive. Mobile technology gives them more
options for places to work.
Unfortunately, disasters will occur.
Office space must be a key component of
a company’s overall plan. Increasingly,
organizations are collaborating with flexible workspace providers to assure a location can be mobilized quickly. Companies
that do not implement or develop the new
required level business continuity systems are risking the future of their business, their customers’ businesses, and their
Bob Gaudreau is executive vice president
of sales and marketing at Regus, the world’s
largest provider of flexible workplaces. More
than a million customers a day benefit from
Regus facilities across the globe.