"The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist" Offers a Rational Response to a Stressful Experience
We recently launched a free eBook on planning for business continuity and disaster recovery. Again in collaboration with our Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions partner, DATTO, we’re announcing part two, "The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Checklist." Even if you have a plan in place, or are working on one, when disaster strikes, great stress is placed on the entire organization. It helps to have a handy tool like this checklist to help organize a rational response to what could be a chaotic and disarming experience.Whether due to a natural disaster or a cyber attack, whatever takes down your company’s IT network stands to take down your company if you don’t know the steps to take to get back up and running in a timely fashion. The digital age has given companies unprecedented gains in efficiency and productivity. As we depend more and more on technology tools for our success, though, we are more and more vulnerable to business interruption when our tech tools are suddenly unavailable.
One thing is for certain: We can’t afford to wait to consider and act on disaster recovery. No plan is ever complete as the environments we operate in – both natural and technological – are evolving. The checklist makes the point that today it’s a question of not ‘if’ a disaster may strike, but rather ‘when’ it happens. We encourage our customers – most of whom are in regulated industries – to take this approach.
For that reason, the checklist starts with what to consider in advance of a disaster. It then moves on to what you should do when in disaster mode. It offers some fine suggestions for triaging the situation and making the moves that will get you back in business ASAP. It also takes a look ahead using learnings from the current situation.
It's important to remember that no company is immune to situations that can compromise your IT network. If you browse through our many posts on cyber security threats, policy planning and training you’ll become acutely aware of the number of attacks that can compromise data, business reputation, regulatory compliance and client assets. And now we’re at the beginning of hurricane season, which always gets us preparing to support our east, west and gulf coast customers through power outages and high water.
At a very bare minimum, as you’ll learn if you download the initial eBook on business continuity planning and disaster recovery and the new checklist, you need a sound data backup routine. You can’t recover what no longer exists. You have to admit that it’s terrifying to consider that a ransomware attack or a flood could wipe out your books, your employee, client and prospect data, your correspondence, your operational data – in short, your entire business.
We believe that today most businesses are backing up much of their data. But what if you’re backing up twice a year, once a month or even once a week? What would it take to fill any of those information gaps? If you implement current back-up best practices, you won’t have to worry about significant data loss.
After reading the checklist please feel free to contact us with any questions about business continuity planning and disaster recovery. We’ll be happy to help. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.