Is your data safe? Could you continue business as usual even after a data breach? No business owner wants to plan for the worst, but disaster recovery and business continuity are crucial components of crisis management.

Inventory your data

If you’re unsure how to create a business continuity plan, start by inventorying your data reach.  Just like creating an inventory of all of your physical assets, catalog your digital and cyber assets. This includes websites, servers, hard drives, external hard drives, online storage (everything you have stored in the cloud), laptops, tablets, cell phones–anything that has any kind of data.

Create a business emergency plan

As a business, you need an emergency strategy, in case of a data breach or cyber attack. What needs to happen as soon as you realize security has been compromised? Delegate “emergency responders.” Who is responsible for what? Decide what steps are priority, and within what time frame they need to happen. Limit who has access to your business’ data, gather only the data you need (no more than that), and treat all data as valuable by encrypting it.

Educate your employees

Your employees need to know how important security is to your company. It’s not inconsequential, but rather a pivotal part of your business model. Educate and train your employees on cyber-security. Make sure they understand their responsibility as it relates to your business continuity plan and vulnerability analysis.

Businesses pay in stress and money when they don’t invest upfront in good security. Should something go wrong, you want to be able to reassure your clients their data is secure and they can still count on you. Take these steps to plan for the worst so you can be the best.

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