How to Create an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan
For many businesses, relying on IT means that they wouldn’t be able to operate if their system went down. If this sounds like your company, it’s important to ensure that you have a disaster recovery plan in place if the worst does happen. If you haven’t got round to it yet, here are a few tips to help you put an effective disaster recovery plan together.
Know your most likely risks – Start your recovery planning by identifying the most serious threats to your IT infrastructure, such as system failure, staff error, fire, or power loss. From there, you will be able to put plans in place that address these specific risks.
Prioritize your recovery – You should always prioritize the order in which things should be done in a recovery. What are the most important functions your business needs to operate? Prioritize them first. This helps you to build a plan that has the least impact on the business.
Establish a critical response team – Your team, the personnel you need to get your system back online, should know their responsibilities long before any accident occurs. Ensure you have someone for every role and have a back up for each member. This way, if someone on the recovery team is on vacation or is sick when a disaster occurs, you know there is someone else to step in and undertake the job.
A solid plan is one that is reviewed carefully and frequently updated to meet current threats and safety measures.