A reliable disaster recovery plan is vital for businesses large and small to ensure protection against data loss or corruption. No one can predict when disaster may strike, but we can prepare for the worst.
Most businesses create and manage data and store it electronically. The existence of that data is often imperative to the survival of a business, and therefore it is vital that this data is protected. Ensuring that a company’s buildings are secure and that hardware is protected against viruses, does not mean they are completely safe. Physical damage is still a huge threat, from hardware failure, human error, hacking, to fire or water damage.
Prepare for the worst
Yes, your insurance will cover physical damage, and will pay out for new hardware and software, but they cannot replace lost data. If not protected, it could take months to rebuild your critical business management systems from scratch. This is likely to have catastrophic implications for your business, and cost you thousands of pounds.
It is essential for the continued operation of a business that a comprehensive plan for data back-up and restoration is created and put in to action. A disaster recovery plan ensures business continuity, should a business’ resources be destroyed. For any disaster recovery plan to be effective, a business needs to ensure their data is backed up and stored in a separate location from the day to day installation of their software.
Businesses require a disaster recovery plan that allows them to get their critical business management systems back up and running quickly. A disaster recovery plan should include:
- Creating an inventory of all hardware, software and data
- Understanding how resources are interconnected
- Evaluating vulnerability, including operating procedures, physical space and equipment, data integrity and contingency planning
- Understanding how areas of the business would be affected in the event of a disaster
- Developing a short-term recovery plan
- Developing a long-term recovery plan, including how to return to normal business operations and prioritising the order of functions that are resumed
- Testing and consistently maintaining and updating the plan as the business changes
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