Uvation Deploys Infrastructure and Cloud Services for Large Professional Services Firm
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Create a state of organizational preparedness with a holistic and strategic approach to disaster response. Ensure your capacities for crisis management, IT disaster recovery, and emergency activities are aligned and able to coordinate at a moment’s notice should any type of disruption arise, be it a natural disaster or a cyberattack. Identify vulnerable assets, processes, and personnel within your organization and their related risks so that you respond correctly should any incident occur. Develop a strategy for recoverability should preventative measures fail as well.
Protect critical personnel, equipment, and IT infrastructure from a wide range of dangers—including theft, supply chain disruptions, and extreme weather events, among others. Protect your financial assets against theft as well as your brand against reputational dangers, including criminal activity or libel. Identify methods to improve organizational and asset resiliency, even as you prepare to respond to incidents that might disrupt, damage, or destroy critical resources.
Define all tiers of threats that could put your business at risk. Develop comprehensive prevention and response strategies that expand and change as those threats evolve. Adopt the right tools and skillsets to identify emerging physical, digital, or reputational dangers before they cause problems. Secure the means to report or eliminate threats as they arise.
Ensure you have resources prepared should an incident and a subsequent crisis occur. Prepare your teams for rapid and effective decision making that will mitigate operational, financial, or reputational damage. Create standards for formal analyses and improvement plans once a crisis is eliminated or subsides.
Ensure your immediate response to dangerous or even life-threatening disasters drives the best possible outcomes for your people. Adopt protective measures for at-risk employees that minimize physical harm and align with industry-specific regulatory requirements. Formalize and train employees on specific guidelines for coordinating with emergency responders. Align those efforts with your broader business resiliency and continuity strategy.
Define your organization’s requirements for successful disaster recovery of IT assets, and adopt resources and capabilities that will ensure those requirements can be met. Partner with cloud providers that specialize in IT disaster recovery capabilities. Integrate your IT disaster recovery solutions with your asset protection, threat detection, and crisis management policies as well.
Determine the base characteristics of a successful restoration of business processes and assets. These should include the requisite resources, IT infrastructure, business channels, supply chain resources, and personnel for business continuity as recovery processes continue. Restore your operations to acceptable levels within an appropriate timeframe as you move to improve future prevention and crisis management capabilities.
Establish formal review and improvement techniques executable after response, recovery, and restoration. Evaluate and improve your organization’s recoverability prospects, and translate new strategies into education and awareness programs for related employees. Define the resources you require to prevent similar disruptions and adopt those resources as well.
Uvation works with your business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR), and security teams to understand threat vectors that leave you vulnerable to a variety of disruptions and loses. We help you determine the best options and strategies for prevention, as well as the best paths for recovery when faced with each of those risks.
Our experts identify the best strategies, trainings, and technologies to both eliminate risk and enhance your capacity for recovery. We help your teams develop the right plans and procedures to launch during a crisis, ensuring you maximize the recoverability of your assets.
Finally, we integrate with your internal teams, working side-by-side to implement your new solutions and strategies. We help you build appropriate levels of awareness and education about your new approaches to resilience and continuity, ensuring your personnel are prepared to provide the right levels of protection and response. We provide ongoing support as you keep your tools and resources up to date as threats evolve as well.
According to Forrester, 77% of global purchase influencers didn’t feel very confident that their organization’s business continuity plan would meet their needs during COVID-19.
87% of supply chain professionals plan to invest in supply chain resilience in the next two years.
Companies encounter one month or more of disruptions every 3.7 years on average, leading to 45% losses of one year’s EBITDA across 10 years.
Business resilience is a discipline whereby organizations develop and maintain strategies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a wide variety of disruptions, disasters, and other crises. These events are defined by their adverse effects to operations, brand reputation, or personnel. Many can have an impact on all three of these factors, such as equipment failures or personal accidents.
Resilience starts with identifying potential threats and taking preventative measures to stop them from happening altogether. Cybersecurity resources are common preventative measures of this kind. Similarly, response strategies are meant to eliminate threats that may occur, before they cause damages like those described above. Preventative teams must directly respond to incidents as they occur, and often engage in emergency response activities during this process.
After an incident, business continuity and disaster recovery teams take steps to minimize damages and maximize the efficacy of their recover processes. This stage involves steps to prevent crises from spiraling out of control as well. Once resources, processes, or the company’s reputation is restored, teams collectively review, analyze, and enhance resilience and continuity disciplines to optimize against risks in the future.
Coverage Requirements for Business Resilience & Continuity
There are several operational elements to cover as part of your comprehensive business resilience and continuity approach. Here are some of which you should be aware.
EMPLOYEES & PERSONNEL
Teams must identify the minimum human resource requirements to maintain business processes. This includes limiting human exposure to risks that might cause personal harm; but also, protecting processes and assets that could be damaged due to human error. Resiilence experts should train high- risk personnel on appropriate techniques to prevent crises and minimize damages when crises do occur.
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Elements of a company’s physical spaces can either preserve or hinder resilience and continuity. For example, facilities deteriorate over time, which may result in compliance issues or incidents that could damage equipment or could harm personnel. On the other hand, proactive planning and investments in facilities can reinforce resilience and minimize potential damage during crises.
Machines, on-premise IT infrastructure, and personal electronic devices all present organizational risk. Each of these assets can fail, causing operational or data loss that could critically impede progress or lead to costly downtime. Connected IT devices without appropriate protections can lead to cybersecurity risks as well.
Cyberattacks continue to grow in frequency among companies of all sizes, driving catastrophic losses of data and resources. Organizations require robust protections through either internal or external cybersecurity resources. Digital teams must also be mindful of internal threats, such as careless personnel or poorly maintained cloud or software resources.
THIRD PARTY SERVICES & PARTNERS
Most modern organizations are one part of a broader partner ecosystem. As those partners interface with an organization, they introduce new risks. These may include creating digital entry points for cyberattacks; but also, injury to partners’ personnel during on-premise visits, damage to equipment on lease within an organization’s facilities, or other contexts where partner or third-party resources are at risk.