Business Continuity

Don’t wait till disaster strikes. Whether caused by extreme weather, flood, fire, malicious attack, or hardware failure, downtime of your IT systems can cripple a business if not destroy it. We’ll help you devise a Business Continuity strategy tailored to your needs.

Don’t think of us as just another vendor of IT-related services. Rather, consider us your integral information technology partner. Put another way, YourITgroup is in the business of keeping our clients in business. We do that by asking the right questions. How are your devices backed up? Where is your data stored? Does your IT department have the resiliency to weather a major loss of equipment through fire, flood, lightning strike, or theft?

Benefits of YourITgroup Business Continuity Services

Team of experienced experts

Detailed risk assessment

Protection of mission-critical data

Strategy to reduce downtime

Customized disaster recovery plan

Preservation of brand value

Why a Business Continuity Solution?

Nowadays, few industries can function without some degree of device connectivity and data security. But it is that very connectivity that puts your valuable and confidential data at risk. Information that your organization has accumulated—for years, if not over decades—and stored electronically for ongoing use represents a substantial investment designed to pay dividends well into the future. But what if that information gets lost, stolen, or compromised in some way? That is where YourITGroup comes in.

Every organization is different, and so a one-size-fits-all strategy doesn’t really exist. The one thing you have in common with your competitors is the unacceptability of downtime from a disaster. The longer the disruption lasts, the less productivity you will have and the more revenue you will lose. YourITgroup’s first goal, then, is to provide our clients with a custom strategy that works for them.

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How It Works

Our deliverable is a comprehensive plan that includes key contacts, step-by-step incident protocols, and clear guidelines for what your organization must do to respond to various types of disasters and maintain operations. These guidelines cover all three major elements of good business continuity planning, namely: resilience, recovery, and contingency planning.

Our first step—with our client’s guidance—is to identify which IT functions and data are most essential to the business. From there we gather essential technical information about your systems, analyze potential areas of vulnerability, and decide on ways to improve on your backup protocols, system resiliency, and department communications.

Finally, we conduct tests and exercises to evaluate the effectiveness of the continuity and disaster recovery protocols put in place, and then make adjustments as needed.

Key Aspects

A comprehensive plan should include these primary components:

Availability

High-availability planning provides for the processes and capabilities needed for an organization to be able to quickly access data and applications regardless of local failures. Such failures might arise from physical devastation such as fire or flood; from hardware or software defects; or from malicious external cyber-attacks.

Recovery

While the primary aim of a comprehensive plan is to minimize downtime in the immediate aftermath of such a disaster and forestall interruption of mission-critical business functions, a secondary, longer-view phase involves disaster recovery. This focuses on restoring the organization’s IT business functions to pre-disaster status.

Continuity

At its most basic, continuity refers to an organization’s ability to maintain baseline operations in the face of disaster. The severity of that disaster can range from the crashed hard drive of a single computer, to a system-wide ransomware attack, to the destruction of an entire office in a category 5 hurricane.

Azure

This Cloud computing service, created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing services and applications, provides a hybrid SaaS-PaaS-IaaS environment that supports multiple programming languages, tools, and frameworks. Azure is an infinitely expanding set of Cloud computing services designed to help your organization meet its business challenges, giving our customers the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a global network.

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The Business Advantages

Being able to respond successfully to disaster should a disruption occur—that is, to recover quickly from it and resume business operations—makes you more attractive to customers and partners. YourITGroup can give you a distinct advantage over your competitors.

Risk Mitigation

Not only does comprehensive planning reduce business and financial risk, it can also literally save lives. By building a more resilient network, putting the right backup procedures in place, and emphasizing safety, you lessen the chances not just of a data breach but also physical harm to people.

Industry Compliance

Adopting a comprehensive plan that adheres to industry standards and complies with state and national regulatory mandates demonstrates to customers, stakeholders, and employees that you are dedicated to running your organization in a responsible manner.

Confidence Building

An organization that shows a high level of commitment to business continuity builds confidence among customers as well as among employees and other companies with which it does business. Transparency about your ongoing efforts communicates a very powerful message!

Protect the Future

The key thing to understand is that continuity services encompass more than one type of strategy. It should be both reactive and proactive. Committing to such a strategy is just the beginning. Our team of expert technicians will conduct a deep-dive risk assessment for your organization and then create a detailed plan addressing those risks, so your employees can get back to work as soon as possible after a disaster.

Let Us Help Keep Your Business Agile

We shy away from simply selling a cookie-cutter service. Instead, we prefer to build relationships with our clients, getting to know how their organization works, their acceptable tolerance for risk, relevant industry regulatory requirements, and budgetary limits. Help us get to know you!

Business Continuity FAQ’s

Our team of experts will create a plan specific to your organization to minimize your loss in the event of a disaster. Here are some of the most common questions about this process that prospective customers ask.

  • q What’s the difference between a business continuity plan and a disaster recovery strategy?

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    While there is some overlap between the two concepts, it’s useful to think of the latter as a subset of the first. In that regard...

    • Disaster recovery focuses on restoring vital IT systems, data, and communications.
    • Business continuity focuses on returning all your organization’s operations back to full functionality.
  • q Why is a disaster recovery plan important?

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    A comprehensive disaster recovery plan ensures that an organization can minimize costly downtime and allows for a coherent response to a disaster, with key players in the organization knowing the critical roles they will have to play.

  • q What are the four critical steps in creating an effective plan?

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    1. Conduct a business risk analysis to identify critical business functions.
    2. Create long-term strategies for restoring those functions.
    3. Devise a comprehensive plan for managing various types of business interruptions.
    4. Conduct exercises to test and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
  • q Can we afford to implement a plan?

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    The real questions is: can you afford NOT to? Consider this: most small businesses would take about three months to recover from a major disaster. Yet many of them would ultimately go out of business if they failed to resume operations within five days. In the end, some 50% of small-to-medium-size business never re-open after a disaster.

  • q Can we create our own plan?

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    Of course you can—as long as you have the in-house expertise and experience in this arena to carry it out. But technology has gotten so complex, and the IT risks so extreme, it’s often the better part of prudence to leave such planning to the experts.

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