Disasters can happen to any business at any time. That's why your organization must have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place. But creating and implementing a DRP can be difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the process. Check out these five tips that will help you streamline your disaster recovery planning and make it easier for your business to recover from a disaster.
1. Assess your risks
Create a list of all the potential disasters that can befall your business. This includes natural disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes, as well as various cyberattacks like phishing, malware, and ransomware.
Once you have created a list of all possible risks, you can plan for each type of disaster. Florida, in particular, is prone to hurricanes, so you need to have a plan to secure your workforce and business assets when a hurricane hits. This plan should include things like evacuation procedures, backup power sources, and remote work strategies.
2. Create a team responsible for your DRP
Having a team of people who will implement the DRP is essential to its success. By creating a DRP team, you centralize recovery processes and make it easier to make decisions, roll out protocols, or address problems.
Your DRP team should include people from different departments, and you should assign responsibilities according to each team member’s strengths. For instance, you’ll want to include someone from the IT department to help with technical issues, someone from HR to help with employee concerns, and someone from accounting to help with financial matters.
3. Make communication and contingency plans
A communication plan is necessary because it ensures that everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. Your communication plan should include information such as who needs to be contacted during a particular disaster, how they will be contacted, and what information needs to be communicated.
Meanwhile, your contingency plan should include how your business will function after a disaster. This includes things like how you will keep your business running, where your employees will work, and how customers can reach you. Your technology should also be a primary consideration; for example, you will need to have a backup of all your data and a way to access it if your primary systems are down.
4. Secure your backups
Your data backup plan should include processes for storing backups off site and ensuring that you always have access to these backups. One good way to secure your backups is by using continuous data protection (CDP). CDP creates real-time backups of your data 24/7, so you can rest assured that your most recent data is infallibly safe.
You can also look into using immutable storage solutions, which will allow you to store data backups that cannot be altered by anyone outside a highly specified set of parameters. This is especially helpful in the event of a ransomware attack, as it will prevent attackers from modifying or deleting your backups.
Another tip is to leverage cloud-based data management, which lets you store your data in the cloud. In the event of a disaster, a cloud-based backup solution enables you to access your data from any location with an internet connection. What’s more, the cloud provides many benefits, including helping reduce the cost of storing and managing your data while providing increased security and redundancy.
5. Test your DRP regularly
Regularly test your backup systems, practice evacuation procedures, and hold regular emergency drills. This will help ensure that your plan is up to date and that everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. It will also help you identify any weaknesses in your plan so that you can address them before a disaster happens.
The frequency of testing your DRP will depend on various factors, such as the size and complexity of your organization, the criticality of your data and applications, and the availability of resources. A good rule of thumb is to test your DRP at least once a year. However, always remember that your DRP is only as good as its last test, so make sure to test your DRP as needed to ensure its effectiveness.
Having a thoroughly planned and tested disaster recovery plan is essential for any business. If you have questions about creating or implementing a successful DRP, contact Cutting Edge Network Technologies today to get started.