A crisis can arise unexpectedly. Therefore, business owners must plan accordingly to eliminate the impact of the negative business activity. Disruptions can be expensive and time-consuming. It is important to have a well-developed plan for your business along with your employees.
What is Business Continuity?
Business continuity is a proactive plan to avoid risks associated with a disruption of operations. Preventative steps are established to help before, during, and after business activities to maintain the financial viability of an organization. Each level provides a course of actions for recovery. The primary focus of a continuity plan is to prevent those events from occurring and diminishing their impact on business activity. It provides current information that must contain proper procedures to protect the company.
Ways to Integrate Security into Business Continuity
Disruptions caused by unexpected crises can create detrimental effects on your business — in both financial health and reputation— if they are unable to alleviate the effects quickly and efficiently.Many business owners underestimate the impact that reliable security can have on changing the outcome of a crisis.
Checking your safety measures
Security measures may include CCTV, access control systems, intruder alarms, physical security and IT security depending on the different types of threats your company is likely to encounter. Your business security system must maintain efficiency to ensure those controls can continue to stand during a downtime scenario.
Vetting employees and clients
Fraud or theft by an employee, client, or vendor can be a critical discovery. As a requirement, vet all employees upon hire along with checking references. Credit check customer and suppliers are also helpful to see any potential issues.
Training security staff in disaster situations
A well-trained staff can act fast in an occurrence of a disaster or disruption. They can help with evacuations, emergency services, and coordinating a response. Along with preventing unauthorized visitors, or inspect and report any suspicious packages.
Utilize your security team’s’ skills through staff training, along with incorporating them into the business continuity plan.
Managing civil disorders
Protests and riots have cost businesses a number in damages and disruption. Many companies do not have a prepared plan to manage civil disorders. In developing rioting policy and procedures, outline them into your firm’s continuity plan. Such as implementing lockdown procedures, activating your business security system, and assigning roles and responsibilities during these incidents.
Designating a recovery team
Assign members of your security team to help immediately after a disaster. This provides an efficient process and provides less time to recover. The first thing step is to review security footage and logs to collect information about the incident. Mainly for insurance and law enforcement purposes. It is important to ensure that your entire team is familiar with your business security setup and procedures.
Testing the plan
After the business continuity plan is developed, it should undergo frequent testing, to ensure that all plans run flawlessly within the system and it undergoes final implementation.
During testing, have your safety team walk through each step of the plan and document the process. Then have your employees do the same to ensure they follow instructions. The plan must be exercised on a regular basis to make sure everyone is aware of his or her tasks.
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