As businesses all over the Leeds City Region get used to operating in a new normal B2B LEEDS is suggesting businesses set time aside to digest lessons learnt from how their business operations coped with the COVID-19 lockdown.
Businesses have been able to carry on trading:
- through online or distance selling
- by adapting what they do in line with government social distancing guidelines
- accepting temporary closure
- furloughing staff
- taking up government support
- deferring costs and taking out loans
The businesses reviewing their IT systems may find moving IT and data into the cloud will allow staff to access data and content from home. With staff working from home is best practice to review whether you have sufficient security tokens or licences for employees.
On the other hand a business experiencing a cyber security incident during lockdown may find it needs to shut its IT services down whilst the damage is solved.
Depending on the damage this may take many weeks. Even then, some data may be lost and need to be re-keyed which can take up to a month or more for a business to fully recover.
There is also the RISK OF:
- reputational damage
- potential financial losses
- possible GDPR breaches
All-in-all, it is better to be prepared and have a professionally designed IT Disaster Recovery Plan, which includes cyber recovery and for these plans to be aligned with the Business Continuity Plan.
We recommend sourcing a local IT service provider that helps businesses manage a wide range of risks such as:
- business continuity concerns
- disaster recovery solutions
- cyber security implementation
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