Security breaches and system outages have become more common. So much that companies must provide solid evidence of an overall availability strategy to auditors, insurers, board members, regulators and customers.

Here are four tips to improve your business continuity:

  1. Have the Resources to Maintain Systems Availability

Without the technology and infrastructure to maintain continuous systems availability for employees and customers, it’ll be hard to prove you can do so. Not to mention, if you ever need to recover your systems, a lack of resources will most certainly result in a slow return to service.

  1. Get Creative Educated on Security Measures and Backup!

Most DR environments that are managed in-house tend to be out-of-date due to budgets and view business continuity as something less important. The challenge is that whether a business is using its recovery environment at that moment or not. This is why security for your recovery environment is paramount.

  1. Test! Test! Test! Test! Test!

It’s not enough to have copies of your data at a secondary site. You need to test your DR plan to make sure you will be able to failover and return your systems to service within a given timeframe. Consistent successful tests will prove the effectiveness of your DR plan.

  1. Increase Overall Visibility

Sometimes, what’s most needed is transparency. This points to an increased need for dialogue between departments and roles about the true status and capabilities of business continuity strategies for IT systems. Stakeholders will thank you.