Creating a Disaster Recovery plan

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Besides the threat of natural disasters constantly looming, but in our modern world, cyberattacks and manufactured mistakes are also a threat to the security of your data and IT infrastructure.

Having a disaster recovery plan in place is an effective way to mitigate risks. It should contain detailed instructions on responding to unforeseen incidents, including natural disasters, power outages, cyber-attacks, employees’ critical mistakes, and other disruptive factors.

In a previous blog article, we have already described What a Disaster Recovery Plan is and now will focus on the 5 key steps of its creation.

1. IT resources assessment.

An audit of all your IT infrastructure is a great starting point. By completing an inventory of the IT resources on your network alongside the amount and sort of data each resource holds, you can begin to consolidate and streamline things to make it easier to back up and recover data when necessary.

2. Identifying the critical operations.

Make sure you understand which operations are so critical to your business processes that their interruption would impact your ability to operate. By being aware of the existing vulnerabilities, you can make essential changes that need to be implemented to ramp up your cybersecurity strategy.

3. Different disaster scenarios elaboration.

A one-size-fits-all disaster recovery plan doesn’t always work. Try to model at least the most likely disaster scenarios in collaboration with your company’s department heads. By doing this, you will be able to determine your recovery objectives and timeline once disaster strikes.

4. Assigning roles in your disaster recovery team.

Every employee in your company should have a role to play in case of force-majeure: from reporting about an incident to being responsible for implementing the entire Disaster recovery plan. When everyone knows what to do in response to an emergency, your plan will be effective.

5. Choose a reliable remote backup storage.

To prevent important data losses, think ahead about reliable data storage and regular backups. Nowadays, the gold standard for remote data storage would be cloud-based solutions with an automated function of creating data backups. However, consider a physical media backup option as they are less likely to be affected by any malware than those connected to the internet.

Don’t forget to test your disaster recovery plan to identify possible failures, evaluate a recovery time and train your staff.

It might not rain today or tomorrow, but it is better to have an umbrella ready when it does. Delegating your data for your disaster recovery plan might become a choice that will save you from unnecessary stress in the future. Contact us and learn more about our expertise and services!

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