Risk Assessment and Disaster Recovery Planning for small businesses.

Ransomeware lock screen.
A Ransomware lock screen.

This is a typical ransomware lock screen.

Have you ever considered how a Cyber-attack might affect your business?

It’s often a difficult concept for small businesses to conceive.

I am guessing that you would have considered what happens if you lose electric power, or lost your main site to a fire or some other physical disasters, but considering loss of IT might be harder to realise.

IT systems are often the back bone of businesses today, even if you are largely what might be thought of as a traditional business.

You are probably aware that it is important to plan for the things you can plan for and the rest we leave to the Gods or chance.

The fact is that IT systems, electronic communications and database storage is here to stay, and perhaps because of this convenience it can be easy to forget what we’d do without it.

In the UK, Europe and the USA , many companies have some form of regulation or best practice that requires then to have various plans called Disaster recovery, Business continuity or fallback plans of some description.   These plans have to be written and stored securely where they can be accessed at all times.

They must be provided to auditors and regulators and approved from time to time.

All affected parties, staff and suppliers are made aware of the plans and must know what to do in the light of an unforeseen event that threatens to stop production.

When it comes to planning for IT incidents the first step is the perform a risk assessment.

For small companies we offer risk assessment service which includes reviewing your current plan.

You should consider a Disaster Plan for your company.

This is where you plan what you would do to run your business if you lost any of your IT systems.

If there is only one option, then you have a single point of failure that could render your business

Your Risk Assessment is when you look at you most critical systems and consider how you would perform normal business functions without it.

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