A disaster can leave a business in tatters, either literally taking it down like an extreme weather event can do, or leaving buildings standing but crippling critical technology systems, as with a cyber attack. You can plan how to keep the business operating and what you're going to do to restore IT operations—but what can you do to strengthen the fabric of the organization to be strong enough to withstand the worst effects of a disaster? In other words, what can you do to make your business truly resilient?
Business resiliency is a discipline encompassing a number of different activities organizations undertake to plan for and deal with disasters, including business continuity planning and IT disaster recovery. Business resiliency also includes incident management, which keeps small events from turning into full-scale disasters; and crisis management, which addresses dealing with a disruption – before, during and after it occurs.
If you want to build a truly resilient organization, it's important not only to plan what you're going to do in terms of the activities described above, but also to look at how they interrelate. Each one is important in and of itself, but it's even more critical to see them as all being part of a, holistic approach. That's where resilience and strength really lie—in an integrated approach coordinating these activities such that business resiliency becomes a part of the very fabric of your organization.
This post is the first in a series in which we'll explore four key principles to integrate the many facets of business resiliency into one powerful whole.
- Prioritization: assessing the different processes, systems and other components of the organization's operations; determine how they align with the business objectives and strategies; and decide where resiliency is most important.
- Alignment: ensuring the various individual functions of resiliency work together in a unified way, rather than as separate, disparate recovery functions.
- Preparation: the planning and practice needed to gain confidence that the processes related to resiliency are working as they should and enabling the desired effect of building resiliency into the organization's operational fabric.
- Visibility: everyone engaged in resiliency has a clear view into the information they need, both to prepare for and respond to during disruptions to make the best, most well-informed decisions possible.
Learn more about how you can prepare your organization to be more resilient by downloading Key Principles of Integrated Business Resiliency. Then watch for posts in the coming weeks filled with practical information about putting these principles into action.