The coronavirus pandemic is forcing companies to reconsider their business continuity plans
"It's safe to say that only two months ago, few organizations were thinking seriously about how to ensure business continuity if their workforce was barred from the office. Things have changed quickly.
Tech leaders are now scrutinizing solutions for teleconferencing, collaboration, security, and even virtual workplaces. But providing remote workspaces at scale - including high-performance desktops - is a stress test that far exceeds providing a subset of employees with remote access..."
As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, CIO have the perfect opportunity to brush up on business continuity planning as they strategize their response
"As the COVID-19 coronavirus rattles industries, it's more important than ever for IT leaders to ensure employees have the tools they require to work remotely and securely.
"When traditional channels and operations are impacted by the outbreak, the value of digital channels, products and operations becomes immediately obvious," according to Gartner analyst Sandy Shen. "This is a wake-up call to organizations that focus on daily operational needs at the expense of investing in digital business and long-term resilience..."
These baseline business continuity strategies will help ensure your organization is positioned to keep operations going even as the business environment is up-ended
"Arguably every company around the world has seen its priorities shift dramatically in recent days and weeks, as impacts from the spread of COVID-19 enter completely uncharted territory. Not only have supply chain concerns and fears of the economic fallout been top of mind, but disruptions in the workforce are prompting CIOs and CSOs to wonder how they'll maintain daily operations if their employees can't travel or even come into the office..."
It's crucial for organizations to have a collection of emergency-focused plans in place that can interact with each other if a cybersecurity attack occurs
"Cybersecurity attacks are often business-affecting events that should trigger business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) plans. Is that true in your organization? News reports on ransomware attacks, distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, phishing and virus attacks occur almost daily. Fortune 500 organizations -- including Facebook with 540 million affected records and Capital One Bank with 80,000 affected bank accounts and 140,000 Social Security numbers -- have sustained significant losses and damage to their reputations from these attacks..."
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