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How to Know if You Are Prepared for a Data Disaster

Nov 15, 2016, 13:29 PM by Peter Ely

If disaster were to strike your data or your IT infrastructure, are you sure that your business operations could resume quickly, completely and seamlessly? How prepared is your company for possible outages caused by natural disasters, theft or human error?

In other words, what’s your disaster recovery plan?

All organizations should have one in place, but far too often businesses put off developing a plan until after a crisis — and at that point, it’s often too late.

Developing a disaster recovery plan is crucial to protect your data under even the most catastrophic events. Here are 10 basic questions you should ask to help ensure that your organization’s disaster recovery plan will work when it matters most:

1. Has your company documented the step-by-step procedures required to bring your business back to normal operations after a crisis?

2. Has your company prioritized critical business processes, determined how quickly these must be recovered after a crisis, and in what sequence?

3. Have you determined Recovery Time Objectives (e.g., acceptable downtime) and Recovery Point Objectives (e.g., acceptable data loss) for your most critical IT systems?

4. Has your organization quantified the cost per hour of downtime?

5. Does your organization have a pre-determined alternate location where employees can work, and is work from home an option?

6. Does your organization have a pre-determined alternate facility where all IT systems can resume immediate operations?

7. Have you made the proper technology investments to ensure your computer systems will be functioning during a crisis?

8. Have your employees been briefed on any emergency procedures?

9. Has your organization prepared a list of emergency contact information (e.g. vendors, customers, insurance companies, suppliers, etc.)?

10. Has your organization made arrangements for backup communication methods (e.g. backup telephone system, alternate e-mail platform)?

Approximately 90% of companies are unable to successfully recover after a disaster. Don’t put off developing your disaster recovery plan any longer. Take the time to properly plan for a disaster and avoid losing thousands of dollars in lost revenue. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If you need help designing and implementing a disaster recovery plan that’s guaranteed to work when you need it most, consult with a professional organization to ensure it gets done properly. If you need help, our team of business continuity experts at KeepItSafe® DR is always here for you.

Anthony Coxall

Business Continuity Manager, KeepItSafe

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