Flood, fire, power surges, tornados can strike a data center at any time and there’s no guarantee that you can recover from these natural disaster every time. The fact of the matter is that while a natural disaster is inevitable, the odds are very good that at some point something is going to happen to your system and data. No matter what that something is- you need a plan in place.
This is where disaster recovery planning is needed to keep business continuity last forever. So, here are four must haves for a disaster recovery planning.
Backup and Disaster Recovery- When it comes to data continuity, unless you have a most recent copy of data you cannot recover from disasters incurring data loss. This is where a backup and disaster recovery solution helps you. Whether you are utilizing an older backup and recovery solution or if you’ve opted for cloud based business continuity, you should make sure that it meets all your business needs and you have a clear picture of what recovery or continuity looks like. User should also have an idea of how much data will be lost during the disaster and what the impact will be to your business. IT professionals that helped you configure your plan should be able to quantify these things for you.
Communication is must- Your team needs to be kept apprised of the plans that are in place. Remember, unless you have coordination with other staff members, you cannot come out of the situation in an easy way. For this reason, a clear outlined communication strategy that communicates the details has to be made out. This can be a series of emails or in-person meetings. Whatever method you choose, you should make sure that once a disaster is imminent, your employees knows exactly what is expected of them. This includes-
Expectations during disaster
Timeline for disaster recovery
What they-re expected to tell clients and customers during this period
What are the responsibilities of disaster team- The responsibilities must be penned down on paper and should include points such as who is responsible for what within your organization? Who is responsible for relocating equipment to a secure area? Who will be responsible for ensuring backups are performed and relocated offsite? It’s better to have a dedicated team who could delineate responsibilities and establish a team for before, during and after the disaster.
Better to get the inventory done- In this age of cyber insurance, having photographs and detailed inventory in place is extremely important for insurance purposes; if in case, a disaster strikes. While this is mainly for claims associated with insurance, this will also help you to know what assets you have so that you can manage growth properly and assign workstations and assets as per need.
Note- The said points are just the highlights of a comprehensive IT disaster plan. Hope these four must haves will help in keeping your business safe even in a disaster scenario.