webmasterJune 19, 2018June 19, 2018The Business Continuity Institute recently released their survey data from 657 individuals in 76 countries. Today, let’s outline the top risks, in order of importance, and what you (and your business) can do to prevent or prepare for them. 5 Continuity Dangers for Businesses Cyberattacks. There are many levels of concerns, including Denial of Service (DDoS), phishing, viruses and ransomware. What you can do: Keeping your Operating Systems, applications, malware systems and router firmware up-to-date can help. Training employees about phishing methods and establishing a cybersecurity policy is good, too. Hiring a cybersecurity company to assess your system, monitor and prevent risks should be of serious consideration. Adverse Weather. Inclement weather season is upon us. Hurricanes, tornados and flooding are of major concern of businesses everywhere. If you have a brick and mortar location, they can put you out of commission for several days to several months. What you can do: Put your mission critical information in the cloud. Have your top three temporary locations lined up with business continuity rentals. Look into coworking spaces or virtual offices where they provide everything except the ability to rent a laptop. Utility Interruptions. Imagine a day at work where your electricity, telephone line or water goes out. Or all three go out at the same time. What you can do: Installing a generator for electrical needs is certainly an option. In addition, you can configure a VOIP telephone system that is accessible anywhere. Lack of water, garbage collectors going on strike, or pipeline problems will cause employees to move to another location to complete their work. Determine what your plan is, put it in your procedures and convey the plan to the workforce. Lastly, establish ahead of time if employees will use their own devices or you will have provide them with corporate rentals. Security Incidents. An active shooter comes into the building or unauthorized personnel gain access to the building. What you can do: Establish a policy to deal with an active shooter, including regular trainings for employees. Ascertain better security procedures (i.e. badges, codes and even facial recognition) to keep employees or visitors away from areas they have no reason to be in. Consider doing a physical security audit yearly to determine any vulnerabilities within the building. Fire. Whether accidental or intentional, fires usually destroy everything on premise. What you can do: Keep you asset inventory up-to-date to allow for a speedy claim with your insurance company. Backup your data daily and store the hard drive offsite. Call your technology partner and let them know what equipment you need and where you need it. Hartford Technology Rental Can Assist You with Your Business Continuity Needs We offer a 24x7x365 support plans that come with a redundant, around the clock on-call support to ensure timely service activation. Don’t wait for a disaster to happen to come up with a plan! Learn more about how Hartford Technology Rental can provide your organization with total peace of mind. Contact us today at 888-520-5667 or contact us online to discuss your business disaster recovery plan needs.