Is your business Disaster Recovery Proof?

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Is your business Disaster Recovery Proof?

Every business should have a documented structured approach for Disaster Recovery. Describing what to do in the event of an unplanned incident. Ensuring the organization is up and running again as quickly as possible in terms of your IT infrastructure.  

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is essential to ensure business continuity in the event of either a natural/manmade disaster. With the intention to get the business up and running. Even just to perform at a minimal level and aims to resolve data loss and recover basic system functionality quickly. Hence, the step-by-step plan is to encompass precautions to minimize the effects of a disaster.

Generally to ensure an effective DRP it involves analysis and an understanding of the business processes and continuity needs. Coupled with, a business impact and risk analysis to identify the primary recovery objectives.

With the recent pandemic, cybercrime and security breaches becoming more and more sophisticated. This has led to many businesses realising that they are not ready. What’s more, they are unaware of how to operate their technology infrastructure in the event of a disaster. An IT consultation identifies weaknesses in your systems and plans risk mitigation.

Some types of disasters that businesses can plan for include:

  • Application Failure
  • Security Breach
  • Communication Failure
  • Data Centre Disaster
  • Hardware Failure
  • Building Disaster
  • Citywide Disaster
  • Regional Disaster
  • National Disaster
  • Global Disaster

Having a robust DRP helps ensure coverage and defines role and responsibilities in each area of the business in the event of a disaster. It also ensures optimal business continuity and is something which every business should have.

A very good example which has always remained at the forefront of my mind is when a fairly large organisation had opted to not have any form of backup in place. After advising the risks of having no backup they still chose to ignore this. They then had a massive security breach where the cyber hacker took mission critical data and held it to ransom. As they had no form of backup they had no choice but to pay the ransom demand and they were fortunate enough that the hacker released the data.

It has only been made so clear from the corona epidemic this year how many organizations don’t have a DRP in place and scramble to organise and react in the event of a disaster.

Get in touch with Heather at Host One today to discuss your options and make your business is disaster recovery proof and ready for anything!