How to Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

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Developing a disaster recovery plan can be a key step for your business technologies. Read this helpful guide to help you understand the process more in-depth. Please visit http://midrange.ca/disasterrecoveryservices for more information.

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How to Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business:

How to Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

Introduction:

Introduction It’s always when everything is running perfectly fine and that – seeing every venture smile on you – you’re starting to get a false sense of security that, go figure why, it all goes down in flames. If you value your business, it’s crucial for you not to wait until disaster strikes before you take the measures necessary to ensure the survival of your company. Whether it be a hurricane that hits you, a severe accident or the action of a malevolent individual, are you ready to face the worst situation and still come out on top? In this presentation, we will discuss the value of disaster recovery plans and show you how to develop one in order to protect your business’ most valuable assets.

Definition:

Definition A disaster recovery (DR) plan is a detailed course of action to follow in order to protect a business against disasters of all types. And should disaster strike, to get that business back in order as fast as possible. A DR plan is built around 2 key concepts , the RTO and RPO. The RTO ( Recovery Time Objective ) states the maximum time limit that is acceptable for a certain process to be back and running. Here, a priority list will have to be set to determine in what order the processes need to be restored. As for the RPO ( Recovery Point Objective ), it will report the maximum data loss the business can suffer, in minutes/hours, without having its services disrupted.

Why You Need a Plan:

Why You Need a Plan At this point, you might still wonder why exactly you need a DR plan . After all, flooding and terrorist attacks do not happen every day, or do they? First of all, having your plan ready to serve will provide you with peace of mind . You will know that, should a disaster occur anyway, you’ll be ready to fight back in a quick and efficient manner. Yes, a DR plan will make the workplace safer for your personnel, thus also protecting you in the eyes of the Law. But it will also ensure delays are only minimal and you’re back at work in a jiffy without having to sustain too much damage.

Preventive Measures:

Preventive Measures When developing a DR plan, you should observe 3 sorts of converging measures that will serve to protect and restore your processes. The first item on the list – preventive measures – will look to both put a name on the different risks your company is exposed to and limit those risks. The goal will be to prevent disasters from hitting your business in the first place. Regular preventive measures include backing up data on HDs and sending a copy to external servers that will guarantee its safety. You can also install different devices to ensure power is never disrupted ; devices such as emergency generators or surge protective outlets .

Detective Measures:

Detective Measures Second on the list, d etective measures are meant to alert you of any suspicious activity that could possibly threaten your infrastructure. By catching those issues right when they appear, detective measures allow you to deal with them before they have a chance to escalate and get out of control. Amongst detective measures worth mentioning, we have the installation of smoke and fire detectors , IT protection tools (firewall, spyware and anti-virus)… But the best weapon is still to keep an alert mind and be ready to take action when you sense something strange happening.

Corrective Measures:

Corrective Measures Last but not least, c orrective measures will explain what to do once the disaster has passed in order to get your team back on track. In the best of worlds, all possible options will have been evaluated so you know which one to implement to get the best results . Obviously, the measures to engage will largely depend on the seriousness of the damage caused by the “attack”. But regardless of this, you should always consider subscribing to a good insurance . Now, to make sure you have an answer to any situation, make plans for any eventuality . Have other premises ready to welcome your group in case you can’t access your old office, have other computers and equipment on hold …

Putting It All Together:

Putting It All Together Armed with all the information you will have gathered through the identification of our 3 types of measures, you will now be ready to develop your DR plan with the consent of the top management. You will detail, in a step-by-step format, what actions to take at every instant of the crisis . Leave no decision unmade. Being in the middle of an emergency is no right time for decision making. In order to facilitate further revision, you will want to use a standard format to write your plan and, to guarantee its effectiveness, you will want to put it to the test once in a while . That’s how you will have a DR plan that, maybe some day, will save your company.

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