Business Continuity

Business Continuity is a hot topic! Companies should be prepared for situations that threaten business continuity. These can include anything from buildings becoming unavailable, to pandemics, and natural disasters. The availability and security of information and technology can also have a major impact on an organization’s operability. ICT is more interconnected with the business than ever before: it’s become increasingly necessary for business-critical processes. In addition, organizations need to ensure innovation capacity to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing world.

Risks

Many organizations rely on ICT to support business-critical processes. Network, system, or application downtime is a major risk to the continuation of business activities. Data loss, data breaches, and compliance issues can also cause serious damage to organizations. Several causes are imaginable:

External attacks

Read the news and you will see daily examples of organizations falling prey to malicious external parties. They can apply various methods to achieve their goals, including malware such as ransomware, spyware, or viruses. Companies also regularly fall victim to DDoS attacks and phishing.

Human error

Mistakes can easily be made. The biggest threat to IT security is an organization’s own employees. 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error. This could involve an employee opening malicious attachments or clicking on unsafe links.

IT Issues

Sometimes problems simply come from within the ICT – bugs, network issues, synchronization issues, et cetera. Hardware can also be physically damaged by fire, for instance, leading to downtime.

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Business Continuity approach

As an organization, you want to be prepared for the above situations in order to ensure the continuity of your organization. To do so, you can use the following steps.

  Prevent

Organizations first do this by establishing a secure ICT foundation, letting you create secure and flexible business processes. Ensure a proper permissions structure, timely updates, and security measures such as two factor authentication and vulnerability scanning. Training staff to use safe working practices is also an essential component.

  Discover

In this phase, you need to be aware of unwanted activities in order to isolate and solve the problem: systems and processes will need to be set up for this. For example, security software, network monitoring, as well as clearly defined processes for reporting data breaches and phishing attempts.

  Innovate

Organizations benefit from creating the parameters needed to innovate. This includes structuring data analyses to keep track of the market, what customers need, and how satisfied customers are with your current products and services. You can also improve internal processes, for example, by using an ERP system.

  Respond

In this phase, you will effectively respond to incidents, mitigate damage, and analyse the problem. This can be technical in nature, for example, by using anti-DDos solutions. Procedurally, things must also be in order. For example, you should have a plan in case of a data breach or lengthy and damaging downtime.

  Adjust

In the previous phases, incidents have hopefully been prevented, countered, or defused before it’s too late. Nevertheless, you should also be prepared for situations where actual damage has been done. These include restoring backups when data has been lost and implementing a disaster recovery plan.

Continuous journey

Business Continuity is never finished: hackers are finding new ways to hurt organizations, organizations are changing their IT landscapes, and employee knowledge is becoming obsolete. Business Continuity is an ongoing process in which improvements are made continuously.

In our approach, we understand that every organization is different and we work our way through several phases: envision, on-board, journey. That’s how at Broad Horizon, we help our customers to lead, innovate, and continuously improve. We call this the Continuous Journey.

Business Continuity uses

Business Continuity is a broad term. Here are some examples of practical uses to help you protect business processes.

Customer stories

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Landal GreenParks

Landal GreenParks exchanges a lot of valuable data, such as bookings and customer data, through their website. In addition, over 70 of their bungalow parks store a lot of data locally. Landal GreenParks turned to DMP to ensure business continuity. They implemented a centralized backup environment and a new backup structure.

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Bravoure

Communications agency Bravoure has developed a system for ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) festival-goers to see which activities their friends will attend. That means a lot of personal data will be exchanged on their site – hosted by True. True monitors site availability and data security.

Building blocks

Disaster recovery

We help customers navigate the process of resuming operations after a calamity, such as natural disasters, a hack, or ransomware attack.

Dynamics 365

Microsoft’s Dynamics365 Apps contribute to the optimization of business processes focused on, for example, Field Service, Manufacturing, and Logistics. Combining this with the IoT creates new opportunities to simplify business processes and improve the customer experience.

Private Cloud

A stable, high-performance cloud environment for organizations that want assurance that data remains safely in the Netherlands.

DMaas

The amount and importance of data is increasing. Therefore, make sure that your data is always safe and available. With Data Management as a Service, our data management professionals manage and protect your valuable business data.

Power Platform

The low-code/no-code Power Platform can be used to perform automated processes based on data from IoT, for example when exceeding a certain threshold. This can be applied directly to the work process via a PowerApp.

Security Management

Protecting systems is becoming increasingly important. We have developed a service specifically for IoT contexts where large amounts of (user) data is stored that continuously monitors and optimizes security.

Managed back-up

When the data connected to an IoT case is of great value, it is vital that you organize the back-up and recovery of that data well in advance. This way, you can always revert to a backed-up version if necessary.

Connect Plus

You can create the most value by combining IoT data with data from other applications and (public) data sources. Connect Plus Integration Services is an Azure-based service bus that enables these links to be implemented and managed quickly and easily.

Security Audit

Pentests to expose critical factors in the application landscape. These are performed regularly (depending on licences chosen). After the test, the customer receives an extensive report with points for improvement.

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