Disaster Recovery - Are you prepared?
Sooner or later you could be at risk of losing some or all of your data. It could be a machine error, employee, application failure, cybercrime, virus or a severe storm. Who knows?
The trouble is not with the when, how or why, it’s with the now. Companies who are not acting now to put procedures in place are the ones who could suffer a loss of data.
Did you know that 90% of businesses losing data from a disaster are more likely to shut down within two years?
No business or organisation wants to end up being one of these statistics:-
• The survival rate for companies without a disaster recovery plan is less than 10%
• Only 44% [of businesses] successfully recovered information after a recent data loss event
• 53% of claimants never recoup the losses incurred by a disaster
The effort required to put disaster recovery procedures in place or even a continuity plan is less than most people believe. The reassurance that the business is in a better place to withstand the impact of a disaster scenario is worthy of the effort required.
The steps required are as follows: -
1. Conduct a business impact analysis – helps to identify and prioritise critical IT systems and components.
2. Identify preventive controls – measures to reduce the effects of system disruptions and can increase system availability and reduce contingency costs.
3. Develop recovery strategies – help to ensure that the system can be recovered quickly and effectively following a disruption.
4. Develop an action plan – will contain detailed guidance and procedures for restoring systems.
5. Plan testing, training and exercising – provides the opportunity to gain further confidence that the recovery process works and/or identifies areas for development.
6. Plan maintenance – systems and risks changed and the plan will need to be developed to remain relevant to the changing environment.
If you want to know how to get the reassurance of a disaster recovery plan then contact Maria West on 01268 494160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.