Downtime means lost revenue for any organization, making it important to have a business continuity plan in place. Many businesses look at risk assessment as a nice-to-have when it comes to planning but the reality is that every organization needs to consider what is at risk in case of a natural or manmade disaster. Consider for a moment the importance of hospitals, businesses, and government agencies being able to communicate during a public health crisis.
At FullScope IT, we assess the need and develop a custom business continuity solution for our clients. Simply stated, it is the worst-case scenario planning for your organization.
- Were you prepared to have your team members working from home during COVID-19?
- What if there is a natural disaster at your location?
- What if secure client or patient data was hacked?
Every organization needs a risk assessment for these and other scenarios so that you can plan for and know your team can handle disasters that impact business. Make FullScope IT part of your team.
What is business continuity?
Business continuity means planning for the unplanned like manmade and natural disasters, loss of connectivity for an extended period, or malicious intent, to name a few. Even if your organization is forced to take business offline, the team at FullScope IT is here to make sure business operations are restored and core profitability functions when systems come back online. Take a hospital system as an example of an organization that needs business continuity services. What if patient information was hacked and held for ransom? While it sounds like the plot of a medical drama, it is an unfortunate reality for real-life hospitals. The healthcare system lags the financial industry in securing data and patient information.
If you are a fan of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, then you watched this scenario play out. While dramatized, it illustrated the impact of ransomware and hackers for an organization that was not prepared for such an attack.
Real-life Hospitals like those featured in this article about the Illinois Health System, are experiencing more cyberattacks. In the case of the Illinois hospitals, they had to pay $300,000 to get the patient data back from hackers. The reason they paid is not only because of the consequences of violating federal HIPAA regulations which protect patient information, but to also be able to communicate with the public about COVID-19. They are the voice to many about the public health crisis and needed to be able to access their patients and staff.
While we do not know if they had business continuity services, they perhaps did not have enough in place to prevent such an attack or their system failed, at least in part, and needs to be reassessed.
Our team knows that events like this happen which is why we’re offering business continuity as a service.
In the past, organizations shied away from the idea of having a redundant physical hardware infrastructure that is required for business continuity plans. They were expensive and took additional work hours to manage. Cloud technology has changed that. Organizations like hospitals and tech-based firms can experience the benefits of business continuity while incurring only a fraction of the cost for the same or improved benefits and services including:
Assessment of risks to your specific business
- Implementation of customized business continuity strategy
- On-demand cloud data backups
- Cloud-based disaster recovery
- Managed security plans
Our team of experts in backup and disaster recovery has an amazing track record of 99.9% uptime for our clients across all industries. What does that mean for you? It means peace of mind that you, your clients, and patients, are all protected in the event of a disaster.
Interested in learning more about our Business Continuity Services? Contact us today!