Mother Nature can be agreeable or angry, kind or cruel. Natural disasters pose a serious problem for organizations of all sizes when it comes to preserving business systems and data. In light of the recent hurricanes, here are some disaster recovery action items every business needs to prioritize before a catastrophe hits.
1.) Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan
Not having a disaster recovery plan in place can gravely impact your organization’s financial health, weaken your reputation and cost you customers. Many businesses — small companies especially — feel they either don’t have the time or funds to create a plan. They don’t appreciate the significance until they’re struggling in the aftermath.
More than half of IT pros believe disaster recovery solutions are too expensive and a third believe they’re too difficult to use.- Zetta
A disaster recovery plan addresses data backup and disaster recovery solutions designed to work in tandem to diminish data loss while maximizing productivity. Plans often include lists of recovery essentials like hardware, software and facilities, steps for restoring systems to agreed upon functionality and information retrieval procedures. A robust disaster recovery plan doesn’t have to mean investing in a secondary data center. There are now a number of different options that help companies minimize the cost of a plan.
96% of IT professionals report having a disaster recovery solution and 50% are leveraging the cloud. – Zetta,
2.) Create a Business Continuity Plan
A business continuity plan ensures your organization can get up and running as soon as possible after a tragedy. Plans define processes designed to mitigate and minimize any interruptions to normal business operations. Also included are outlines for special procedures pertaining to assets, human resources, business partners and more.
3.) Establish a Communications Plan
Having a solid communications strategy is vital — the last thing a business needs is additional chaos caused by communication mishaps. The plan needs to address how IT will stay connected with the organization’s leadership during the tragedy. It should also address keeping the rest of the company and clients informed of current events and next steps. A best practice is to build communications strategy that complements the business continuity plan.
4.) Test Each Plan
Auditing and testing is vital to ensure you’ve developed comprehensive plans. If, or when, nature gets nasty, you’ll want to feel confident about how your information can be recovered, that necessary equipment will function properly and everyone knows what duties to perform moving forward.
Working with an experienced partner like KnowledgeLake ensures your disaster recovery and business continuity plans protect your organization’s data and systems from unforeseen events. We can also review your current processes, test for gaps and offer advice on how to improve your plan.
(You may also consider implementing an Enterprise Content Management system if you haven’t already, as they can be of huge help in protecting your data and company.)
Ensure your business can survive in the wake of trouble.