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What is disaster recovery?
Disaster recovery is a method of regaining access and recovering documents from an IT infrastructure after disasters occur, such as a cyber-attack or business disruptions. A variety of difference disaster recovery plans can be put in place in a company to ensure there is recoverable action after a disruptive event.
What disasters can kick start the recovery plan?
All businesses rely on documents and applications to operate, the biggest fear and loss of money for a company is when these systems go down or the loss of data, there is numerous causes to make this happen but some of the main ones are:
- Natural Disasters – Storms, fires, and floods can all do irreparable damage to your business. Without a disaster recovery plan in place, you may find it difficult to resume operations. To maintain workflow operations, getting back on your feet is crucial in the event of a natural disaster.
- Hardware Failure – From a power surge or other causes, if your hardware fails you can potentially lose all your data. It is essential to regularly back-up your data. Using a cloud-based or off-site storage can add additional protections, it is unlikely both locations will go down at the same time.
- Human Errors – From time to time we all make accidental mistakes, whether that be because we are rushing to get things done or simply lapse concentration. Forgetting to save changes, accidentally deleting an important document, or pressing the wrong switch could lead to a significant loss for your company. Ensuring that auto save button are on and that you regularly save documents throughout the day is crucial.
- Cyber Criminals – Cyber Crime is on the rise and most businesses will face threats and their data compromised at least once. A virus or attack could potentially hold your data hostage, your disaster recovery plan should include steps to recover from a hacking attempt, keeping your data safe and accessible.
How does disaster recovery work?
Disaster recovery relies upon duplicate data saved elsewhere in an off-premises location not affected by the disaster. When servers go down because of a natural disaster, equipment failure or cyber-attack, a business needs to recover lost data from a second location where the data is backed up.
How to implement a disaster recovery plan (DRA)?
There are many ways to create a DRA and you will most likely find templates online to help. Your DRA should identify the following:
- Data – What data is most crucial to business operations
- Location – The location from which you would operate if your main location were to be compromised
- Communication – How you would contact team members and IT support people during a disaster
- Response Steps – Specific response steps in case of a data breach or cyber attack