It is fair to say that data security is essential for any modern, technology driven business, however, according to the BCI (Business Continuity Institute), cyber-attacks are the no.1 threat to businesses, and despite companies knowing the risks, breaches are occurring at an alarming rate.
In the current turbulent times, developing a disaster recovery strategy is more important than ever. Disaster recovery was originally created to help businesses get up running after the effects of severe weather conditions or fires; however, this is no longer the major enemy. Cyber threats challenge businesses and the only way to properly combat it is by having a proper disaster recovery plan in place.
Here are 5 essential disaster recovery tips:
- Prepare the basics
Your company’s disaster recovery plan should be a thorough and dynamic document that details the ins and outs, from emergency contacts to how to execute the plan successfully. While doing the plan takes time, it is a valuable investment in the event of a disaster.
- Properly understand the threats
When developing an effective DRP, you need to understand the threats that could potentially impact your business both on a day-to-day basis and long term. You should begin by listing potential disasters, rank them on the likelihood of occurring, and what impact it would have on the business. For example, what would happen if your data backup fails? If your office was damaged in a fire, how would the business operate?
- Prevention is key
Your disaster plan should include three key measures: preventative, detective and corrective. Preventative measures should prevent something from occurring such as having a back up generator, and keeping data backed up and offsite. Detective measures should help to detect unwanted events such as having the latest antivirus software and burglary alarms, and corrective measures are about how you go about restoring systems after a disaster e.g. having a thorough DRP and proper insurance cover.
- Think about your data
Data loss can occur for a number of reasons, from cyber attacks to server hardware failures, file system corruption and human error. The good news is that proper data back up can prevent these problems from stopping business operations. If you outsource your IT support, ask yourself: who is managing your data, how often is my data backed up, and what would happen if you suffered data loss?
- Test, test and test again
Once you have created your DRP, it is important to test it, and thoroughly train your employees on their roles in executing the plan in the event of an emergency. After testing, it is important to address any problems with the plan and rectify them. As technology constantly changes, it is important that testing is done on a regular basis and the plan is updated accordingly.
Working in partnership with our trusted supplier Infrascale, we are able to offer one of the most unique Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions, ensuring that your business can continue to operate as normal, even in the event of hardware failure, data loss or cyber breach.
If you have any questions about disaster recovery or cyber security, get in touch with our team on 0800 9520652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.