No matter how much you plan ahead, the chances are that a severe power outage, cyber attack or natural disaster will one day have an impact on your organisation - and if that happens, you’ll need to have a disaster recovery plan in place to make sure your business continuity isn’t affected. So how does a comprehensive disaster recovery plan actually keep your data protected, and how can you ensure your strategy incorporates tools to make sure you’re prepared for the worst?
Enabling a thorough Back Up: Restoring your data
It’s fair to say that quality back up and disaster recovery programs go hand in hand. Without an effective back up system, disaster recovery cannot take place, and with an inefficient disaster recovery plan, back up is redundant: having the ability to access your data safely and securely is meaningless if that data hasn’t been saved properly. Safeguarding your data with a thorough back up program that includes both onsite and offsite storage is more than just an insurance policy - it gives you the tools you need to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. Implementing regular back ups in line with your disaster recovery strategy will ensure that your most recent and accurate data is secured within a safe storage centre, so you can access it as soon as you need to.
Practice makes perfect: Ironing out vulnerabilities
One of the biggest mistakes businesses make when it comes to disaster recovery is assuming that once their strategy is in place, it can be left alone until it is needed. Instead of leaving your strategy to gather dust, the strongest disaster recovery plans incorporate measures to make sure the whole team involved understands the capabilities of their strategies. It can be easy to push disaster recovery to the back of your mind, but disaster can strike at any time, with no warning. This means it’s important that testing the efficiency of your disaster recovery in real terms becomes a habitual aspect of your wider security strategy. Holding test runs, as if your data has been lost to a cyber attack, is a great way of shedding light on any vulnerabilities that have been missed in your systems. Identifying any changes that need making to your systems will give you the ability to incorporate fixing weakness into your disaster recovery strategy. This means when you are the victim of a serious attack, there’ll be no unexpected vulnerabilities in your system, ultimately reducing the complications within your disaster recovery strategy.
Going with the flow: Prepare to evolve
As with any segment of your IT strategy, leaving space to evolve will allow your disaster recovery plan to grow as the threats against your systems change and develop. It’s impossible to know when a natural disaster or cyber attack could hit, but by staying aware of trends and threats within the digital world, you can make sure your business isn’t left in the dark by an unexpected catastrophe.
One example of this is the importance now placed on data security within back up and disaster recovery strategies. In a post-GDPR world, protecting your clients’ data is paramount to your business continuity even when you’re in the middle of an emergency. Data encryption tools and software are now built into disaster recovery programs to make sure that your data security is affected as little as possible: our back up and disaster recovery service is hosted within a military-grade data centre, so your client’s information is safeguarded even when your systems come under fire.
Keeping your business moving forward: Knowing how to get back on track
Nearly 40% of small businesses close after a natural disaster hits their systems: having a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place will make sure that an unexpected attack doesn’t mean the end for your organisation. One of the most attractive benefits of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is the reduced downtime it enables your business to have. This means that your business’s infrastructure can be restored as quickly as possible, with minimum time spent restoring your data. This is crucial for reassuring your clients that you have the situation under control, retaining your customer database, and ultimately safeguarding your reputation. By making reduced downtime a priority within your disaster recovery strategy, you can focus on moving your business forward, rather than struggling with the consequences of a disaster.
Don’t let the failure to prepare affect your business’s ability to bounce back. We ensure your back up and disaster recovery program evolves to incorporate the latest security breakthroughs, so if the worst happens, your software is in the safest of hands. Contact us for disaster recovery strategies that cover every base.