Does your business have a comprehensive back up and disaster recovery plan in place? Statistics show that when struck by a cyber attack, 90% of businesses fail in the first year after the disaster if they don’t reopen after five days, so planning a disaster recovery strategy that takes into account your business continuity is crucial to making sure your business survives. Whether you’re focused on avoiding the latest threats as the digital landscape continues to develop, or keeping your data secure even while your systems are still at risk of being infiltrated, honing your disaster recovery strategy is paramount to staying in line with your business goals.

Setting objectives: preparing your team for a potential data breach

First things first when it comes to planning for your disaster recovery strategy; setting objectives that are relevant to your business goals will mean your process is as closely aligned to your business needs as possible. A good place to start prioritising your most pressing needs is to take a look at your risk assessment, and the people in your team who will orchestrate your disaster recovery alongside your risk assessment. Whether you have a designated DPO on hand to help your team, or you’ve assigned roles to your employees to help your disaster recovery run smoothly, making sure your whole team know exactly what they should be doing in the event of a data breach will help your business get back on track as soon as possible. In addition, a clear disaster recovery program that caters for your whole team will also work to help you enjoy the peace of mind that your infrastructure is in good hands if disaster does happen to strike. Unsure how to keep your team trained up with the latest and most damaging security threats to your disaster recovery strategy? Take a look at our blog on the benefits of IT training and consultancy here. 

Staying up to date: ensuring your disaster recovery strategy prepares for evolving technology

While the rapid advancements of the digital landscape can offer great support to you in terms of growing your business, it’s an unfortunate reality that the tools and systems you have access to, the hackers can use to their advantage too. Because of this, implementing a disaster recovery strategy that takes into account the fluctuations and trends occurring as part of digital transformation will help you plan for the attacks that your business might become an unsuspecting victim of. If you’re interested in a security solution that constantly re-educates itself on the latest threats affecting your disaster recovery strategy, take a look at our blog on the CIS: Cybot Security Appliance here.

Planning for transparency: keeping your customers in the loop

As a result of the onset of GDPR regulations, one of the biggest risks businesses face when they’re the victim of a data breach is the damage to the reputation. You might have heard of the huge losses companies like Uber, Yahoo and Marriott Hotels had to deal with as a result of not declaring their data breaches formally as part of their disaster recovery strategies. Attempting to keep your data losses quiet from your clients is now not only illegal, but is more than likely to damage your business’s reputation permanently. Planning your communications with clients in the event of a data breach as part of your disaster recovery strategy will ensure that if the worst happens, you’ll have the tools in place you need to reassure your clients and customers that you’re doing everything you can to keep their personal details safe from further harm.

Two fold protection: embracing a collaborative back up and disaster recovery strategy

Finally, one of the most important elements of your disaster recovery strategy has to be it’s counterpart; working in conjunction with disaster recovery, a comprehensive back up program will ensure your data, files and folders are left intact even when a data breach or cyber attack infiltrates your systems. Back up strategies perform most strongly when they can carry out regular scans of your hardware. So, keeping an eye on the consistency with which your whole team back up their devices, software and systems will help to encourage best practice when it comes to placing your data in the safest of hands during your disaster recovery process.

How will you make sure your business’s infrastructure survives a data breach? No matter how comprehensive your back up and disaster recovery plan is, we offer a range of tools and programs designed to take your security systems up a notch. Take a look at the security solutions we offer to ensure both your infrastructure, and your reputation, will stay as strong as possible. 

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