What is a disaster?
Any unforeseen circumstance that substantially impairs your company's operations can be considered a disaster. Some examples include:
While none of these situations is extremely likely, they could have a significant impact on your business, should they occur.
What is a disaster recovery plan?
In short, a disaster recovery plan outlines what your business needs to do to recover from a disaster. It should be a written document and printed out, in addition to being stored online.
Writing a DR plan
When it comes to disaster recovery planning, you can follow a basic structure:
Keep in mind that your IT disaster recovery plan is essentially like insurance; you spend time and money to prepare for a list of possible scenarios that will hopefully never occur.
It might seem costly now, but when disaster strikes, a comprehensive DR plan can easily be the difference between a slow day at the office, and your business losing a lot of money.
Some of the things that should be included in your DR plan are:
Disaster recovery plans are more comprehensive than a business continuity plan, even though they might not cover all the different contingencies for your assets, processes, and resources.
The importance of a disaster recovery solution
With disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), you can address all the different scenarios and disaster types, from a telephone outage to a natural disaster like a flood.
With cyber-attacks also becoming more sophisticated, a DR plan is now more important than ever. Statistics show that many malicious attackers stay undetected for more than 200 days, which means attackers have plenty of time to plant malware and affect your data.
It's important to get your business' data recovery plan in place as soon as possible. Working with an experienced IT team will allow you to set up a comprehensive DR plan that is customised to your business, and give you the reaction and support that your business needs in the event of a disaster.