Data disasters can wipe the data from businesses in seconds, but not if you have a disaster recovery plan in place. To protect your most critical data, setting up an IT disaster recovery plan should be high on every business owner's list to ensure all is not lost in the case of a data disaster.
How can you set one up? By covering a few simple bases you can have your business protected against critical data loss at all times:
Understand the Risks
Depending on what business you are protecting, disaster risks can vary. Simply preparing for a massive, worst-case scenario is a poor strategy in beginning to establish a disaster recovery plan. Often times data loss will come in the form of smaller system failures, which need to be accounted for as well.
Likewise, simply having a backup of business data is a mistake many business owners make in believing their data is safe.
Instead, business continuity should be made a goal in any case of disaster.
That is, ensuring your business can resume operations as quickly as possible following a disaster. All of this should be first identified to design your recovery plan.
Identify Critical Items
When you go to hire a team to handle your IT disaster recovery plan, make sure you know which items the IT team needs to be responsible for if an incident occurs. This way, your most crucial data can be protected especially by the team overseeing your recovery plan.
RPO and RTO
Another important thing that needs to be outlined in your disaster recovery plan is the business' RPO and RTO.
The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) determines how frequently your system will back its data up. When the IT system fails, your most recent backup time can be restored.
The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) defines how long your system will remain down before recovering business data and resuming operations.
Establishing these values will give a general frame to your recovery plan for the IT team to decide how to best protect your data.
The team that will be handling your IT disaster recovery plan should be fast, professional, and affordable. Choosing a team you can trust with your business recovery plan will help you focus on the most important thing: running your business.
Focus more on your business, and less on the threat of a data disaster.
Check out our Comprehensive Guide to Disaster Recovery to get started designing your perfect recovery plan today, and contact us for any further questions or assistance, or call us at (877) 771-2384.