How Business Continuity Solutions Add Value to Your Michigan Company and Ensure a Bright Future

The Boy Scouts were really onto something when they decided on their motto of “Be prepared.” Simple but smart words to live by! As a business owner, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. It helps you face shifting consumer demands, changes in the economy, and, of course, a dreaded disaster or cyberattack.

Luckily, business continuity solutions can help you do just that. By taking a proactive approach to your Michigan business’s security and stability, you can ensure it remains well-protected and has the resilience to recover quickly if something goes wrong.

What Are Business Continuity Solutions? business continuity plan notebook

First, let’s get on the same page about business continuity plans. They’re often lumped together with disaster recovery plans, and while they might have some overlapping steps, they’re really two different things.

Business continuity is all about what it takes to keep your business running and operational during a threat or disaster. Disaster recovery is the strategy for restoring your data and IT infrastructure after a disaster.

Business continuity = keeping you open

Disaster recovery = getting you back to normal

By investing in the right business continuity solutions, Michigan companies can ensure they’re ready and able to handle any emergency or crisis situation. From digital backups to robust cybersecurity measures, here are some of the most essential solutions you’ll want to consider:

Cloud Backup

Protecting your data is key when it comes to keeping your business running. By leveraging secure cloud backup solutions, you can be sure that your data is protected and accessible in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Cybersecurity Solutions

It’s also essential to invest in strong cybersecurity solutions such as malware protection, firewalls, password management, and more to protect against cyberattacks and malicious software.

Cybersecurity is a web of tools and resources that give you multiple layers of protection—no one-and-done cybersecurity practice will prevent all attacks. And while you can’t get Spiderman to build that web for you, you can use the superheroes of the digital world—IT experts—to help.

Employee Training & Education

We hate to say it, but your employees and customers are the biggest liability when it comes to data breaches. At the beginning of 2022, hackers held the data of TransUnion South Africa customers hostage for $15 million because someone had used “password” as their login info.

You might be shaking your head, but do you know how good your employees’ passwords are? Or all the different access points to your data? Investing in training for your employees is the best thing you can do for your business continuity solutions.

What Are the Current Threats Michigan Companies Are Facing?

In 2022, everywhere from the medical center at the University of Michigan to Lansing’s Board of Water and Light system were hacked and cost tens of thousands of dollars just to access the files. It’s hard to put a price on the names, addresses, and other personal info that was taken or exposed during the breaches.

And if you’re a small business, don’t think you’re in the clear. Pretend for a minute that you’re late on your rent payments and decide your best option is to rob a bank. Are you going for the Wells Fargo on Broadway in New York City?

Glass-paneled walls, top security, and bustling crowds make for a much riskier job. Or do you head to the cash register at the mom-and-pop shop down the street? No cameras, no guards, and only a few employees. Little to no security means it’s much easier to get away with your loot.

That’s exactly how hackers think when they’re looking for targets. They’re not necessarily after the big guys like Facebook or Microsoft, although they try. Small businesses make an easy target and have far fewer resources to protect themselves from a breach.

How Do You Benefit from Business Continuity Solutions?

Investing in business continuity solutions is essential for anyone who wants to protect their business from disaster. Here’s how you benefit beyond just feeling prepared for disaster:

  1. Sure security: Cybercrime is a real threat with serious consequences, and the only way to mitigate its effects is by taking proactive steps to protect your data and IT infrastructure. By investing in strong cybersecurity solutions and employee training, you can be sure that your information is secure.
  2. Improved workflows: Business continuity solutions don’t just protect your business from disaster; they also help to improve workflow. When you know what the threats are and how to respond to them, you can create a plan of action that minimizes downtime and maximizes your resources.
  3. Protect your employees’ jobs: By investing in business continuity solutions, you’re ensuring that your employees’ jobs are safe and secure. If a disaster strikes, they can continue to work with minimal disruption, meaning their skills and expertise are maximized. Plus, everyone will feel more confident knowing that the company is taking steps to ensure its future success.
  4. Strengthen your trust in your MSP: If you’re working with an MSP to implement business continuity solutions (and you really should be), you can feel confident knowing that your MSP is doing everything it can to protect and secure your data.

Protect Everything You’ve Worked for with the Help of Common Angle

Business continuity solutions are there to protect all of the time, money, and energy you’ve put into building your business. And while there are some simple things you can implement on your own, building out a strategy that will keep you going during a disaster takes an expert.

As a partner with major software companies and business continuity solution providers around the globe, Common Angle can give you every tool you need to protect your business and keep you in the game.

We provide a suite of services, including cloud-based security solutions, data backup and recovery systems, 24/7 monitoring, risk assessments, employee training, and more. You can read what other Michigan clients have to say about our work and schedule a consultation to get started today!