In an ideal world, your business will never have to deal with a disaster, but the chances of this happening are pretty slim. Natural disasters, hacks, employee mistakes, system outages and a whole host of other unexpected disruptions could strike at any minute, threatening your company’s survival.
Although prevention is better than a cure, not every issue can be planned for, which is why many businesses are adopting an IT disaster recovery plan to help mitigate the effects of disruption. A reliable disaster recovery plan will back up your vital systems and data and get you back on track as quickly as possible – which could save you thousands of dollars in lost revenue and prevent untold reputational damage.
What should your IT disaster recovery plan look like?
Essentially, disaster recovery plans should give you a detailed plan of action before, during and after a disruption. On a human level, it means having a dedicated disaster recovery team that includes employees from all levels of the business and across all teams. They should undergo regular training to ensure that they know their precise role in the event of a disruption. Which members of staff are informing affected customers in the event of a hack and which members of staff are in charge of restoring core processes when they go down?
Alongside this human response, digital tools will also form a major part of any effective disaster recovery plan. The software can be used to carry out a risk assessment, performance monitoring, and security checks. Data collection will also prove crucial and can be used to analyse your business processes and tell you which ones should be prioritised when disaster strikes.
You may also wish to enlist third-party help with your disaster recovery. Embracing cloud-based recovery, such as disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), lets your business benefit from real-time backup and expert consultancy to help you with your plans.