Everything You Need To Know About Disaster Recovery
Every company is at risk for disaster. Storms can dismantle cities leaving your business powerless (both literally and figuratively) until recovery crews fix the damage. Cyber terrorists can attack your organization and steal confidential data. However, you don’t have to be vulnerable. Disaster recovery is something every company needs to ensure that should something go terribly wrong, it can be fixed without sacrificing your company’s work and tarnishing its reputation.
What Is Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery (DR) is set of procedures that aim to recover a business’ IT infrastructure in the event of a natural or technical disaster. Natural disasters are defined as bad weather that wipes out power and leaves your company unable to function. Man-made disasters encompass everything from cyber terrorism to human error. For instance, an employee pressing the wrong key and accidentally deletes entire programs containing valuable information.
Can You Prevent A Disaster From Occuring?
Of course, you cannot prevent a natural disaster from occuring. If inclement weather is going to wipe out power lines and cut off internet access, the only thing you can do is implement your DR plan (more on that below) and wait for city crews to clear up the damage and restore power. However, you can put security measures in place that will make it harder for cyber terrorists to penetrate your network, disable your systems and steal your data; and prevent human error. Cloud based IT solutions like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are more secure than traditional systems since data and information is stored on one server, instead of individual work stations/devices. With cloud based IT solutions you can also limit access and decide who is allowed to view and work on certain data and when.
Your DR plan
Disaster recovery requires a plan. Should anything happen to your organization, putting a back-up plan in place will allow you to move forward without missing a beat. Your plan should include:
- Contact information for the individual (or individuals) in charge of the DR efforts.
- A diagram of your network and recovery site.
- A detailed list of the software and systems that will be used in the recovery process.
- Sample documents and templates you can present to clients to let them know what will be used in DR (should they ask), this includes any cloud based IT solutions.
- A policy statement that describes the DR plan and any financial, legal and insurance actions that need to be taken.
- If you run a large enterprise that will be covered by the media, your plan should include information about your company’s PR department (or the public relations firm you’ve hired) with their contact information.