Each business has its own unique SPFs and will have to address them the best they can, considering the resources available to them. Here are some examples of single points of failure and simple solutions to them:
1. Single power supply source
Solution: An uninterrupted power supply/ battery backup/ generator in place.
2. Single internet service provider
Solution: Ability to failover to another network or alternate internet service available.
3. Single server with all line of business applications and data
Solution: Have Backup image of the server or cloud based disaster recovery solution
in place that allows rapid restore and/or access to a virtual machine in the cloud until
the physical server is operational.
4.Having super user administrator who has all the critical login and password
information with no other recourse in case he/she is incapacitated
Solution: Designate a member of the senior management to have a copy of all the
important credential information as well as required contact information of important
5.Relying on only one vendor for critical business needs.
Solution: Develop working relationships with other vendors who might help if your
primary vendor is unable to meet your needs during an emergency.
6.Not having an emergency response leader who can initiate the appropriate
Solution: Appoint a leader who is accountable for all BC/DR planning and
7.Not having alternate modes of communications to communicate effectively
with employees, clients and vendors during emergency to keep them
updated on the situation.
Solution: Have multiple of communications including telephone, email, text, as well as
social media presence on Twitter, Facebook etc. for effective communications.
Addressing and eliminating these common single points of failure in your written BDR plan can go a long way in ensuring that your business is able to deal with emergencies and continues to function efficiently.