IN THE WAKE OF DISASTER, RESOLUTE RECOVERY
How Disaster Recovery Plan can save your business from irreparable damage?
Batman taught us that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero. However, Real-world disasters happen all too often to ordinary people and it can cripple your business.
How do managers respond if businesses are crippled by unforeseen natural disasters, cyber-attacks, or any other interruption events? The superheroes have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place!
Your Disaster Recovery Plan will determine how quickly your business can be functionally operational after such an incident or event, even if not at full capacity. Your plan will be unique to your business. Start off with an assessment (risk analysis and business impact analysis) to determine which functions need to resume quickly to support critical functions, this will include the maximum data loss assessment, to define your protection strategies and compliance requirements and pinpoint the exact elements most important to running your business.
RTO (recovery time objective) is defined as the amount of time-critical applications that can be down (usually seconds, minutes or hours) and the RPO (recovery point objective) describes the age of files that must be recovered from your back-ups to resume normal operations.
Your relevant Disaster Recovery Plan can range from very simple to very comprehensive and can take many forms, especially once you’ve considered the items that influence your recovery strategies, such as your compliance requirements, insurance, insurance coverage, data storage, your resources, and budget.
Cloud DRP, Data Center DRP, Virtualized DRP, and Network DRP are just four of the many specific types of Data Recovery Plans available to you.
Using a checklist, you will populate your Data Recovery Plan under main sections, which could typically include Risk & Events Scenarios, Emergency Contact Form, External Contacts, Disaster Recovery Team Members’ Roles & Responsibilities, Building Evacuation, Vital Records, Restoring IT Systems, Backups and Data, Media, Insurance, etc.
Important information in your Disaster Recovery Plan has to do with the company’s assets: where are they located, where must they be moved in the event of a disaster. Obviously copies of critical data must be stored remotely, along with any storage media that may still be in use, such as backup tapes, DVDs and external hard drives.
Who in the organization is responsible for the Disaster Recovery Plan process? Your everyday heroes who stand ready to save your business from irreparable damage.