How to Approach a Disaster Recovery Strategy

March 18, 2019
How to Approach a Disaster Recovery Strategy

You may not think of a major disruption as a disastrous event, but it affects your organization in the same way a natural disaster could. Disruptions keep employees from accessing critical files and customers from getting what they need when they need it. If an organization doesn’t recover from a disruption within three months of the event, they are more likely to shut down. It’s for this reason that having a disaster recovery plan for major disruptions is imperative.

What’s somewhat confounding about the situation is that most people are aware of the risks associated with running a business, but they don’t think anything will happen to them, especially small business owners who believe hackers are only after the “big dogs.” The truth is, small businesses are a favorite target. And cybercriminals aside, natural disasters, hardware failure, and user error can all bring on a sudden disruption, which disaster recovery strategies are built to protect against.

Mapping Your Plan

While every organization is different, some of the components of a quality disaster recovery plan are the same. For example, they include a strategy that allows people to work remotely during an event: data is replicated, usually off-site; crucial applications are prioritized, and everyone in the organization is assigned a role and instructed on what to do in the midst of a disaster.

Another common aspect of a quality strategy is that all assets are inventoried. The list includes hardware, software, and applications. Also, make sure you make a list of critical contacts and have a way to access the information in the event of a disaster. This is particularly crucial in technical and customer support efforts.

Work with an Expert

Many businesses need assistance with their disaster recovery planning. By outsourcing your needs, you can spend more time developing your business and let an expert handle all of your security issues.

Disaster recovery as a service is an excellent option, regardless of how large — or small — your organization is. Not only does it free up your IT department, you get the latest protections without having to worry about downtime or maintenance issues involved in the typical on-premise solutions.

Your data needs protection, and at Enterprise Visions, we understand the risks and have answers for your cyber security questions. We provide everything from log management and firewall services to incident response and intrusion detection solutions. Contact us today, and we’ll discuss your options.