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Continuity E.A Sets Up USD.2M Business Recovery Centre in Kenya

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(L-R) Continuity East Africa CEO Pete Frielinghaus, Continuity South Africa CEO William Davies, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology Hon Joe Mucheru and Internet Solutions Managing Director Richard Hechle during the unveil moment at the launch ceremony of Continuity East Africa Business at Sankara Hotel, Westlands, Nairobi. Continuity East Africa, a subsidiary of Internet Solutions, will offer Business Continuity Management Services to public and private organizations in the East African region.
(L-R) Continuity East Africa CEO Pete Frielinghaus,
Continuity South Africa CEO William Davies, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of
Information, Communication and Technology Hon Joe Mucheru and Internet
Solutions Managing Director Richard Hechle during the unveil moment at the
launch ceremony.

Continuity East Africa on Tuesday launched data recovery center targeting public and private businesses in East Africa.

The Firm, which is a subsidiary of Internet Solutions Kenya is set to assist Kenyan Businesses draw up threat profiles and reduce impact of disruption.
“Calamities whether natural or resulting from human commission and omission have devastated businesses. BCM is a framework for identifying an organization’s risk of exposure to these threats and their impact on the business in order that appropriate recovery and risk mitigation strategies can be developed” said Pete Frielinghaus – Continuity East Africa CEO.

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The recovery site off Thika highway was chosen for its geographical location and ease of from the CBD but far away enough to ensure that when an incident affects the city, the operations are intact, enabling recovery within acceptable time frames or Recovery Time Objectives (RTO).

The site has a Work Area Recovery facility with a sitting capacity of 104, a Data Centre for all technical failover, a command center, meeting rooms, cafeteria and ample secure parking.

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“We shall help businesses develop business continuity plans (BCP) that ensure they keep running during and following a disruption. The plans will cover a host of variables such as failing over to a recovery site, people
and resource resilience, data back up and process continuity in order to reduce the impact of the incident and help businesses resume their normal services within the shortest time possible” said Pete.

Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expect Kenya’s Annual GDP growth to reach 5.80 percent by the end of this quarter. Continued growth into a regional commercial hub has equally raised the country’s risk
profile, requiring an Integrated Risk Management Approach that will help maintain resilience & Sustainability.

Continuity East Africa will offer the same services offered by the mother company, ContinuitySA which has for the past 27 years, led the business continuity industry in Africa. In response to varied market dynamics, the
portfolio of services will gradually evolve to keep apace with changing business requirements while taking advantage of technology advances for relevance.

Internet Solutions Managing Director Mr. Richard Hechle, pointed out the importance of continuity planning, especially in an age where employees and their devices have now become elements of compromise to a business. He
further noted that by helping businesses understand their risk profile and developing a risk mitigation strategy, the impact of double losses from disruptions and loss of valuable time, equitable to revenue can be minimized.

Speaking on the government’s involvement in business continuity, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, reiterated the government’s support of the BCM concept, sighting past disruptions that have paralyzed operations for government entities and therefore service delivery to citizens.

“As the government, we provide a wide range of services to the citizens. Disruption in service delivery impedes meeting our obligations and hinders economic growth. With minimal disruptions as intended by BCM, we can move
up from the current position 92 as a global destination for investment” said CS ICT Joe Mucheru.

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