How-to Guide: Create IT Disaster Recovery Plans Before You Need Them

How-to Guide: Create IT Disaster Recovery Plans Before You Need Them

Businesses have enough to worry about without a disaster coming along. 

73% of businesses claim they don't have the resources or funds to protect critical systems. But the threat to businesses from continuity breaks comes as much from a lack of preparation than anything else.

The trick to protecting your business lies in planning. 

Here's our how-to guide on establishing your disaster recovery plans before you need them. 

Identify Risk

You can think of a disaster as an attack on your business. Any good battle strategy relies on predicting how your attacker will strike.

By identifying risk, you highlight the weaknesses in your operation and thereby predict the likely form of a disaster. That gives you the opportunity to build suitable defenses.

Risks to corporate IT come from a range of sources. They include natural disasters, cybersecurity issues, and theft or espionage. Depending on the nature of your business and your location, you may have a wide range of eventualities to prepare for.

Decide Your Essentials

In a perfect world, you could restore your entire business after a disaster. But disaster recovery focuses on maintaining continuity of service.

That means you need to identify the vital areas of your business — the parts you can't operate without. These will form the core of your interim business operations, enough to keep you ticking over until you can bring other systems back online.

This will also involve picking employees to form a disaster response team. These will be the people on the frontlines if anything should happen.

Build Thorough Processes

People don't typically do well in crisis situations. They provoke indecision or panic actions that aren't conducive to rational decision-making.

That's why processes are so key to disaster recovery plans. You need step by step processes that employees can follow. And you need to train employees on these processes so they know what to do when the time comes.

The more thorough the processes, the more eventualities you'll be able to cover and the more equipped your employees will be to handle the situation.

Implement Backups

Of course, this is all for nothing if there's nothing to recover.

There's no excuse for a lack of robust backup solutions in 2019. Cloud technology has made it easier than ever for even small businesses to keep live backups of their data in an offsite location.

If your business doesn't have the funds or the smarts to get your cloud backups up to speed, then it may be time to bring on a managed service. These can allow even a small business to access the resources of a larger one, ensuring continuity during a disaster scenario.

Disaster Recovery Plans

This guide should help you fix your disaster recovery plans in place before you need them. If something does occur, that will allow you to protect the continuity of your business, your employees, and your customers.

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