How Thorough is Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

With everything going on in your day – from IT infrastructure upgrades to preventing malicious malware threats –  a disaster recovery plan might not be priority one, but it should be top of mind. Here are some helpful tips to protect your organization in the event of a disaster:

  1. An Ounce of Prevention – The first step is to actually have a plan. Executive-level buy-in is essential to ensure all departments are on board if a disaster strikes. Clearly communicate your plan to protect your organization’s communications and information systems across business units.
  2. Develop a Crossfunctional Team – A disaster recovery plan does not “live” in an IT department alone if it’s going to be effective. Engage one spokesperson from each business group or location to ensure all employees are aware of your plan.
  3. Conduct a Proper Risk Assessment – From information systems to your actual physical environment, leave no area uncovered when assessing potential gaps.
  4. Protect Cloud-based and Physical Data Centers Alike – Whatever type of data center environment you have, create a written recovery plan that can be hosted in a fully redundant data center or store it remotely.
  5. Establish Call Center Guidelines – Identify key business applications that staff can access remotely in the event of a disaster. Establish secondary locations to keep business operations running smoothly.

No one likes to think about the implications of a disaster, but establishing these fundamental guidelines will give you peace of mind and an action plan to ensure business continuity.