From the threat of cyber-attacks to a loss of premises or IT failure, does your business have a continuity plan in place to deal with emergency situations?
Business Continuity Awareness Week, promoted by the Business Continuity Institute, runs from Monday 15 to Friday 19 May and aims to raise awareness of the important of business continuity in an emergency situation.
The theme this year is ‘cyber security’. This problem costs the UK economy billions of pounds each year and is something that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can be particularly vulnerable to.
As well as the threat of cyber-attacks, businesses are being asked to consider how they would continue working if they suffered from a loss of access to IT, access to premises/utilities or a loss of key personnel or suppliers.
West Sussex County Council Director of Public Protection Neil Stocker said: “We’re asking businesses to think about how they would cope in an emergency and how they would get their business back up and running.
“A simple business continuity plan could include where your staff would work from if your premises was hit by fire or workarounds you could use if you had a massive IT failure. The plan needs to be appropriate for the size and nature of your business, but the most important thing is to start thinking about it.”
As well as the national theme, the County Council is broadening the week to focus on a different local theme each day: flooding/severe weather, security, lack/loss of staff, IT resilience and fire/loss of premises.
The County Council’s Resilience and Emergencies Team actively engages with business groups as part of its ‘What If?’ programme. To find out more search ‘business continuity’ on the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk where businesses can find useful information and resources, follow @wsccresilience on Twitter and What If? Sussex on Facebook.