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The Importance Disaster Recovery Planning

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Did you know that three out of four companies are not ready to face a disaster? This finding is from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council and reported by Pragati Verma for Forbes.

Ms. Verma writes, “This is surprising on two counts. First, C-level executives have seen the havoc created by a series of high-profile data breaches and natural disasters in the last several years. Second, data protection, security and disaster recovery (DR) are expected to be among the top five areas driving spending on storage-related services during the next 12 to 14 months.” The problem comes from many companies getting the disaster recovery technology in place but not developing an action plan for what to do in a disaster. Or, perhaps, there is a disaster recovery plan, but it is shelved and collecting dust.

Disasters can come in many forms not just natural such as floods and storms. What would happen to your business if you lost connectivity for a website or key system? What if your business lost customer data or had that data breached by outsiders? Disaster recovery planning is an important foundational element for any-sized business. Having a comprehensive plan can help to mitigate the risks when a disaster does take place.

Ms. Verma compiled these tips to help you get started in her article:

  • Evaluate your business assets and systems. What is most crucial to your customers and bottomline? Understand where these systems live and how they interact.
  • Determine the potential cost of downtime
  • Determine your risk tolerance
  • Classify your data. A one-size-fits all plan is not a good idea both from a budget standpoint and operations
  • Practice and test your plan

Disaster recovery planning should be an ongoing, living process at your company. It is important to have the right technology in place but also important to have thorough planning and forethought.