You never finish protecting your business.
But you do finish filling in a form. When the form is completed, you move on to something else. You don’t go back to fill in the form again.
That’s the trouble with using templates for your business continuity and disaster recovery plans. You are just filling in forms.
To protect your business, you have to learn and decide many new things.
- What are the risks your business is facing? How bad are the potential risks? What is the probability those risks will affect your business? How bad would their impact be?
- How long can your business survive if you cannot conduct business at your head office or branch office or distribution center or ….? What are your most critical business processes and when do they become critical if you cannot carry on with them?
- How will you get those critical business processes (and all those important pieces that support them, such as staff, vital paper records, computer applications, special equipment, etc.) back in operation before your business goes super critical?
Forms and templates can’t teach you how to do this. You need new processes in your business that can lead you through the steps to make the necessary decisions. As you work through these new processes, you will learn how they work and decide how you can best protect your business from interruption.
Yes, you can find many templates and examples for business continuity and disaster recovery plans on the net. They might well be good. But please understand that good ones are the result of careful research, thoughtful decision making and the expertise of experienced advisers. The research and decisions embodied in a template you download are certainly not what your business needs. You’re not wearing somebody else’s clothes right now because they don’t fit.
So don’t jump into business continuity planning with a template or somebody else’s plan. Plan your research and decision making carefully and thoughtfully. The time invested in making the right decisions will end up with business continuity and disaster recovery plans that fit your business and have a much higher probability of working for you when your business is in serious trouble.