Posts Tagged ‘disaster preparedness’

Pandemic Response Plans

Posted on: February 24th, 2020 by jiml | No Comments

Often times current events spark businesses to consider scenarios they had not put much thought into previously.  Y2K, as an example, forced many businesses to upgrade their system to handle the changing of the century.  Ransomware in the news helped to raise awareness of the issues with data security and having proper backups.  At other times an episode of gun violence may lead businesses to develop an active shooter response plan. The headlines over the last month may be doing the same.  The coronavirus is front page news because of its prolific ability to spread without physical contact.  The combination of being easily spread and a much higher fatality rate than seasonal flu viruses have people on edge.  (2% compared to 0.1% for the flu) It is a situation worth monitoring and preparing for.

There have been other pandemics in the past, from the Avian Flu, to SARS which also raised awareness.  I recall the Avian Flu prompting us here at Colden Company to develop a response plan should the situation spiral out of control.  Does your business have a recently updated contingency plan?  Is a pandemic included in your disaster recovery plans?

If the above answer is “yes”, congratulations.  You are in the minority of businesses that are prepared for such a situation.  If your answer was “no”, perhaps it is time to put some time and effort into a plan.  As with all disaster recovery planning, it is never an urgent issue until the disaster is upon you.  Human nature suggests we put off tasks that do not have a looming deadline and rarely does a disaster announce it will be arriving on a particular date and time. Never-the-less, good managers see the value in preparing before the disaster strikes.

Colden Company is certified by the Disaster Recovery Institute as Certified Business Continuity Planners. We can assist your business in preparing a reasonable response to a threat like coronavirus. After-all we are used to knocking out viruses. (pardon the pun) In the words of one of our favorite Americans Ben Franklin “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Give us a call at (888) 600-4560 or email us at info@coldencompany.com to find out how our experts can assist your business in being prepared for whatever comes your way.

Disaster Recovery Planning is Important

Posted on: July 29th, 2019 by jiml | No Comments

Everyone is busy.  In today’s world people are busy even when they are retired.  Business goes to those who hustle, and each business is focused on beating their competitors. Long-term success is not gained by hustle alone.  It is gained by thoughtful planning and follow through. The time is takes to do this type of planning takes away time from the immediate hustle that we are all participating in, but in the end wins out.

Disaster recovery planning is such an activity.  In the words of the great Benjamin Franklin “Failure to plan is planning to fail”.  Disasters can and do happen.  They can take on different forms including natural disasters (which is a minority), user error (statistically the highest percentage), personnel loss and increasingly, a security incident.

More so today than ever, your security defenses are linked with your disaster recovery plans. A ransomware infection, as an example, is both a security incident and a disaster.  The two cannot be thought of separately anymore.

The planning that goes into having a good security response plan and a good disaster recovery plan is the type of work that seemingly takes you away from the hustle that is part of your day to day grind. It is difficult to carve out the time to evaluate your business’ preparedness, but it is absolutely vital.

When I am trying to make the case to an organization that making time for disaster recovery planning is not only necessary but going to make them more successful in the long run, I often refer to Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. In his book, Covey takes about the four quadrants where people spend their time as outlined in the graphic below:

Figure 1: Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix

Most people spend their time in quadrants one and three.  These are activities that have urgency (both important and not important).  Of course, people will spend time on urgent and important activities, which are emergencies and disasters, but Covey argues that truly effective people spend the bulk of their time in quadrant two.  By planning, you avoid those disasters that pull you into quadrant one and effective people delegate the non-important and spend their time on the important.  Disaster Recovery planning is a perfect example of an important but not (yet) urgent activity that Covey is speaking about. If you don’t put the time into preparation and planning, and a disaster hits, you are in for a difficult, quadrant one day.

How confident are you in your disaster recovery and security response plans?   What are you working on today? Are you working in quadrant two as effective people do? Give us a call at (888) 600-4560 or email us at info@coldencompany.com to discuss your plans.