The aftermath of powerful storms, like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, should act as reminders to all businesses about the importance of having disaster recovery plans. Natural disasters can also destroy a business’s information and technology assets are critical to its success and continuity, according to the National Law Review.
Many businesses make the mistake of blending their security recovery plans with their disaster recovery plans. The objectives of these two plans are very different. Inigo Merino, CEO of cyber threat detection firm Cienaga Systems, said “The most obvious difference is that disaster recovery is about business continuity, whereas information security is about information asset protection.”
Here are some recommended practices for a well-made disaster recovery plan –
Put together the proper team.
Businesses need to be transparent about what they are planning, and include the relevant segments of their organization. Disasters affect more than just the IT departments of organizations. Leadership from other segments need to be involved in the disaster response planning process.
Recognize crucial assets.
Prior to developing a disaster recovery plan, companies need to recognize the technology and assets they want to protect. The National Law Review says it’s also important to analyze how business operations would be affected upon the loss of vital components and assets, including identifying what information and technology systems are needed to safely keep the doors open.
The safety of employees.
Technology and information assets are incredibly important, but nowhere near as valuable as human life. Employees should be given the proper guidelines on how to guarantee their safety and have acknowledgement that their safety is the top priority.
Make the plan.
Create a plan that involves regular, off-site backups. This will ensure the safety of all data in the event of a disaster. Train your employees and perform random recovery tests annually. Be aware of updates that need to be made to the plan as your organization grows and evolves.
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