When a cyberattack or disaster occurs, it’s already too late to react if there’s no plan in place, and the cost of failing to plan can result in downtime and huge costs. Computer systems are vulnerable to many threats –some of which can inflict significant harm to the system and result in loss of data, financial loss, loss of productivity, and other costs.
Each potential form of disaster or cyberattack results in its own unique set of problems and impacts, and they vary greatly in terms of the harm that they can inflict. All cyberattacks, no matter what form they take, have one commonality–they are a deliberate attempt by a perpetrator to manipulate a computer system to do something other than which it was intended, or to destroy the ability to use the system.
In today’s changing regulatory landscape, Information Security Plans are critical to comply with state laws and federal regulators. Beyond regulators, residents, businesses and communities expect detailed Information Security Policies & Procedures that address increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.
Disaster Recovery Planning is a complicated project before adding in Information Security Planning, and we are happy to offer our 53 years of expertise in specialized IT project management for Michigan organizations to guide the development of Information Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery Plans.
We know that a comprehensive plan cannot be created in a silo. Asking open-ended questions of all department leads and key personnel to understand how they might be impacted by a cyberattack is an important process. We focus on discovering:
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
- Recovery processes & procedures
- Means to reduce recovery time
- Anticipated cost of system repair and restoration (we can integrate our results into budgeting & forecasting services for your capital improvement planning)
We understand the risks that your organization faces, and rank them according to their likelihood and potential impact. Our advanced analysis and reporting tools identify threats and vulnerabilities and consider the likelihood to create custom risk assessments for a disaster recovery plan tailored to your organization’s unique needs. Our Virtual CIO works with you to strategize to respond through acceptance, transference, or mitigation.
The key to recovery is getting time-critical processes up and running as quickly as possible. Prioritize what to do following a cyberattack:
- Develop mission critical IT/IS recovery processes and procedures
- Assign and train an emergency response team
Training, Testing & Maintenance
Without a proper training, testing and maintenance plan in place, the disaster recovery plan will not be effective.
- Tests can be as simple as a paper walkthrough or as advanced as tabletop exercises.
- Analyze and audit your DR plan as part of an ongoing maintenance plan so you can remain ready
- Stay up to date on cybersecurity awareness training
The possibility of significant damage to the IT system and the data it contains–and public faith in the integrity and security of that system–is always present. But disaster recovery planning doesn’t have to be scary.
BPI makes IT easy.