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You and your business partner just had a meeting with your IT staff, and you were advised that it’s time to develop a disaster recovery plan. You just lost several critical files, and now you’re wondering if your present backup media needs reviewing: tapes, flash drives, and DVDs.

 

Today, companies are not only developing disaster recovery plans for their on-premise networks, but they are also aware of how important it is to ensure a quick and full recovery of their cloud-based data. As such, Forbes notes how data recovery extends well into the cloud as a DRaaS (Disaster Recovery-as-a-service), offered by cloud-hosting services.

 

Getting a Risk Assessment

Both large and small businesses should implement a Risk Assessment (RA) procedure to identify all critical business activities. IT is assigned to watch over all programs and applications. This is IT's chance to develop a comprehensive Business Impact Analysis, which Computer Weekly refers to as the "heart of any disaster recovery plan."

With the risk assessment finalized, all stakeholders must agree on the recovery time objectives. Usually, this falls to the duties of the incident manager. It's the incident manager’s responsibility to assess critical events. The next phase involves the emergency management team, including non-tech staff, as well as disaster recovery and a strategy for maintaining business continuity.

 

Allow Decision Makers to Work Quickly

It's crucial that the final plan is written with ample notes, calling out where key personnel are located and all of the decision maker's contact information. A complete disaster recovery plan will also identify the network infrastructure as well as a list of service providers and their service agreements. Contact us today to learn more about backup and disaster recovery options. We can help your company create an efficient disaster recovery plan that minimizes disrupts while maintaining standard business protocols.

Does your disaster recovery plan include a cyber insurance policy? Ask an expert today on how to include this cost-effective policy on your commercial insurance package.

Posted 11:34 PM

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