An IT disaster can have a severe impact on your company's ability to function. It hampers productivity and employee collaboration, damages the confidence of clients and partners, and potentially even puts the survival of your business at risk. While IT technology has delivered various business benefits, it also carries with it the inherent question of how can companies that are reliant upon it cope when it fails.
Software or network failures account for around 50% of IT disasters – others factors include malicious activity such as hacks, human error, or even extreme weather events. Complex systems, inadequate IT resources and a lack of in-house expertise can also impede prompt disaster recovery (DR).
In the event of an IT disaster, urgent remedial action is vital to keep damage to a minimum. Here we discuss five critical steps your organisation should take if it wants to be resilient…
Create an inventory
Preparation is the best form of insurance, so developing a comprehensive, up-to-date DR plan is essential. This should begin with a clear picture of exactly what your IT assets are at any given point – your hardware, software applications and data, and where they are held. This will help with organising your recovery efforts.
This is also crucial for understanding the impact of a data breach for your business. By having all the different components of your business accounted for, you are able to see which areas may be of higher or lower risk of a breach. By knowing this you will be able to adjust security efforts accordingly, and, in the case of a breach, you will be able to determine priority areas quickly, and effectively.