With cyberattacks making headlines and impacting big brands on a regular basis, having a disaster recovery plan has become an essential part of every business plan.
The list of major cyberattacks continues to grow longer in 2016, with the latest being a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that left many major online businesses, including PayPal, Netflix, and Amazon without service on October 21st.
Such disruptions can result in lost revenues and severe damage to your brand if customers are adversely affected or if it takes too long for your business to recover. To avoid such problems and to minimise the effects of a disaster on your business, you should have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place.
A comprehensive DRP that includes these 5 keys will help you keep your business running even under the most difficult circumstances after a disaster.
1. Make a plan
An effective DRP outlines what and who will be needed to help with the recovery from any type of disaster that could occur. A comprehensive DRP will ensure that:
- Your backup facilities are accessible to the necessary personnel
- You have adequate office space for your team to work
- You have the additional staff that you need to assist you with implementing your DRP
- Your workers are safe
- You can replace lost equipment quickly
- You can easily reroute customer service and business communications so that there won’t be an appearance of a disruption to those not within the company
With all of these factors taken care of, you can greatly decrease the amount of time that it takes to get up and running again. Make sure to put all of the details and writing and discuss them with your team so that everyone knows exactly what to do.
2. Create backups of your data
You should create regular backups of all of your data. Using cloud services can provide easy access from almost anywhere and ensure that your data is stored remotely in case you lose your office or equipment.
Make sure that you store multiple copies of your data on at least two types of different media and keep one of the copies off-site.
3. Set Timelines
As a part of your DRP, create timelines for all of the processes in the plan so that you have a clear idea of how long each step will take to complete.
4. Work Together
Recovering from a major cyberattack or service disruption isn’t something that you can do on your own. Working with your in-house team, as well as any third-service providers, and including them in your DRP will make things a lot easier.
5. Prepare Now
Many businesses think that they will never have to worry about such problems. However, you should actually prepare now by opting for systems monitoring. By monitoring your on-site and remote system activities, you can identify potential threats or developing problems before they spiral out of control.