Five disaster-planning steps for small businesses to implement

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5 disaster-planning steps article

Today we talked about how many companies that had data centers in the World Trade Center survived 9/11. With so much talk about continuity plans in MIS 2501, it shocked me to see that zero companies were still in business a short 5 years later. When touring the data center here at Temple, just being in the atmosphere of the servers made me feel how important they are to the structure of Temple.  How could a CEO in a multi-million dollar company not be worried about data being destroyed if the business revolves around it?  It makes me wonder how a company could be so careless to not plan for the future so tediously.
This article by InsuranceNewsNet.com asks  it’s readers, “Could your business bounce back if a disaster occurred?” They explain the 5 steps every small business should go through when planning for a disaster.

1. Consider all possible risks

2. Commercial property and casualty insurance

3. Survey your systems

4. Take your first steps now

5. Create a business continuity plan


These are all steps we have heard before, which steps do you feel are the most important?

If you could add or delete steps off this list what would they be and why?

One Response to Five disaster-planning steps for small businesses to implement

  • While all of the steps you listed are very important for organizations of all sizes, I think that the most critical step is to “survey your systems.” This step must include a review of all software and hardware infrastructure, as well as networks and data that a company relies upon for operation. In cataloguing its systems, a company should determine which are the most important and which are the most vulnerable, and what the relative costs of securing them or introducing redundancies are.

    The surveying step, in short, generates the information a company needs to decide how to allocate its risk management, business continuity, and disaster recovery resources. If a company fails to survey its systems thoroughly, it may waste resources by strengthening systems unnecessarily, or it may fail to identify dangerous vulnerabilities in certain systems.

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