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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Services, Toronto & GTA
1CS can help with planning, preparing, setting up and documenting BCDR policies and procedures for your organization
What is BCDR?
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) means exactly as it sounds. BCDR is about setting up your information technology so that if a disaster occurs, you can easily recovery your data. They are planning and configuration processes which help organizations prepare for disruptive events due to an ice storm, a power outage or something similar. The planning which goes into a business continuity and disaster recovery plan might be extensive depending on the organization, the nature of the business and it’s location.
Despite the size or type of organization, the nature of it’s business and location, a BCDR plan is important. So that the conducting of business is interrupted for the least amount of time.
Planning and Preparation
One of the most critically important IT Services we provide to SMB’s, a business continuity and disaster recovery strategy defines objectives with a contribution from stakeholders. The organization must agree on which IT Systems are critical and then focus on risk tolerance and investment priorities. Then put a solution in place, often including offsite backup, test and maintenance plan.
In partnership with IDC Canada, TeraGo conducted a survey of Canadian organizations and their disaster recovery plans. Surprisingly 45% stated they were not able to identify everything that may jeopardize their organization’s IT infrastructure and the requisite data to operate their business.
Business Continuity Services
What is a Business Continuity Solution?
It is the capability of a business to uphold a certainly level of functionality during, and after, a disaster has materialized. When we refer to a “certain level” of functionality, we are referring to your basic and most critical IT systems, which get selected in an IT Consultation with you.
Why is Business Continuity Important?
Organizations of all sizes face a growing list of potential threats. Those threats include weather-related disasters and cyber-related hazards. These trends leave organizations vulnerable to a myriad of new and existing risks. Managing the potential of these risks by establishing a business continuity strategy is critical to the survival of any business in today’s world.
How is Business Continuity Accomplished?
Essentially, business continuity involves a strategy and the implementation of that strategy by setting up IT infrastructure in a way that ensures your data and systems can be recovered in the event of a catastrophic disaster. The strategy is developed in consultation with your team and implemented by an IT Consultant with a background in business continuity. Redundancies are put in place, however, backing up your data on it’s own does not form a business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Policies, Processes and Procedures are put in place so that your team knows what to do in the event of a disaster. These three P’s are crucial to any BCDR plan and mitigate against downtime and increased IT Support costs.
Disaster Recovery Services
What is meant by Disaster Recovery
Disaster Recovery is the “DR” within a BCDR plan, which aims to maintain business data and systems in the event a cyber attack, sever weather, human error, inside job or other form of disaster. DR gives a businesses and organizations the ability to recovery data in little to no time and resume crucial business functions so that business can continue.
Why is a Disaster Recovery Plan Critical?
Irrespective of the industry within which your organization exists, when an unexpected disastrous event occurs and stops your business from functioning, a business must recover as fast as possible so that it may resume providing services to it’s customers. The more downtime your have, the more money it costs your business in lost productivity, lost revenue and increased IT Support costs. The importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan cannot be overstated.
How is Disaster Recovery Carried Out?
Disaster Recovery is implemented by having redundancies or fail-over server. Your data and critical system gets imaged and thuds backed up to multiple locations. There are various forms of backup one can use but essentially, the various devices, systems, programs, servers and backups form a system which allows one to restore data and systems on command. For this to work, data and systems need to be automatically and frequently imaged to the redundant backup location, often at a data center, cloud server or virtual machine.
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What is the Difference Between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery? BCP vs DRP!
- Business Continuity Planning or BCP is a strategy and the setup of that strategy. Whereas a Disaster Recovery Plan or DRP is an ability to recover data and crucial system when a disaster occurs.
- BCP through business continuity consulting is the planning and preparation which occurs prior to a disaster striking. Whereas DRP through dister recovery consulting is the resulting system which allows you to restore your data and critical application after a disaster has occurred.
- In other words, BCP is the process of setting up your IT systems such that your data and crucial programs can be recovered. Whereas, DRP is the process of actually recovering the data and applications.
Traditional Backup vs Resilient Business Continuity
Conventional backup systems come with a substantial risk that the operator will make an error. Whereas our process is fully automatic and thus requires very little human interaction.
Verification of Backup
Traditional backups are hard to test, especially in full. Our automated system will verify the integrity of your data and applications, and some BCP plans include a screen shot of the verification sent to your inbox.
Legacy backup system are notoriously slow causing fewer backups and a poor Recovery Point Objective or RPO. Intelligent Business Continuity Hardware affords dependable high speed hard disk and slow state drives.
Old technology backup solutions such as tape can take days or weeks to restore your data. With the disaster resilience of our business continuity solutions, downtime can lessen to minutes or seconds.
It is costly and time consuming to copy or store backups in multiple locations. Our business resiliency offering will save your images data in preferred formats in multiple locations without you having to do it.
With physical backup systems, you run the risk of losing it, sustaining damages or being stolen. In contrast to our service where data is store in various data centers.
Tape based backups commonly have failure rates which exceed 50%. Using our hardware and software, there is only a minimal potential for loss of data or corruption of data.
Converting to virtual machines can take time and cause errors. Whereas incremental backups can be instantly restored to a virtual machine, opposed to the entire file chain.
The money you could save is enormous considering the average cost of downtime. Having the control to bring your business back to life in the event of a crises is invaluable and could save your business a ton of money.
Common backup system are difficult to encrypt which may not adhere to industry regulations. Whereas SSL key based encrypting secures your business data and complies with major industry standards.
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1CS is a BCP & DRP Planner
A Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan are preventative and proactive measures to ensure your organization can operate in the face of crises such as a cyber attack which has penetrated your defenses. The key word here is preventative. We know that it is difficult to spend your finite resources on a problem which has not yet occurred, but please understand that if you take no measures, it is almost inevitable your business will face some form of data loss. The only question is how much will it cost. There have been many studies which are easily found on the internet showing that the average cost of downtime or data loss is quite significant, even for smaller companies. We urge you to do a quick search so you can see for yourself. It can cost a lot. Instead, invest in your business by securing data and setting up a plan in the event that disaster strikes. Protect your business from:
Plan to Avoid these Consequences
Loss of Client Trust
Damage to Reputation
Loss of Revenue
Loss of Productivity
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Information Security and Business Continuity
From the perspective of an IT Service Provider: sometimes the lines between IT security and business continuity are blurred because they achieve the same result, they give you control. BCP events can also be security events. Cyber attacks are a significant disaster which go a long way toward justifying the need for professional BCDR solutions. Business continuity roles such as a business continuity coordinator may also be experienced in cyber security services. At 1CS, site level BCP is headed by Blake Fick. The team of BCP & DRP consultants can conduct a business continuity risk assessment, develop business continuity management guidelines in consultation with you, explain business continuity plan requirements and carry out BCP testing.
There are different terms people use surrounding IT business continuity. From our standpoint, they are inter-changeable. Business recovery is an example along with business continuance plans, bcp plan, continuity system, and business recovery plan. They all infer the same idea.
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