Not too long ago, disaster recovery plans for businesses were focused more around keeping people and property safe as well as creating a data backup of computer files and little else.
These days, there are entire companies whose sole purposes are to offer disaster recovery services focused mainly on cyber-security and data preservation rather than the occasional natural disaster type emergency.
Disasters Are Usually Digital
While the safety of employees always does come first, today’s businesses using any type of IT are more likely to experience a digital disaster over an actual physical one.
Interestingly, the number of companies actually prepared for this more likely scenario with a valid IT disaster recovery plan is fewer than those that have diligently worked out their building escape routes and created an order of command and contact chain.
Most Companies Are Not Prepared for Digital Disasters
For this reason alone, it is essential that businesses utilizing any type of networking, whether isolated to one building or spread across multiple locations, invest in digital disaster recovery services that can save their company in the event of a cyber attack and keep it in business.
Using these 3 top tips, business owners can identify their IT needs and address them all with a protective disaster recovery plan.
- Create An IT Disaster Recovery Strategy - Working with an experienced disaster recovery service, identify network vulnerabilities, then build the right cybersecurity solutions into business IT. Disaster recovery plans should start with prevention to protect against cyber threats and continue all the way through network restoration and beyond to keep things working even after a breach or other disaster.
- Establish Company Policies And Access Roles - Develop company policies on safe networking, application updating, and more, then enforce them. A part of critical networking security must be the assigning of various levels of leadership and clearance roles, then assigning access ability to areas of the network and the ability to use and manipulate files based on those leadership and authority levels.
- Develop An Emergency and Business Continuation Plan - The final step in a workable IT disaster recovery plan must be a detailed emergency procedure should a digital disaster occur, and then a business continuation plan to keep the company functioning while network issues are repaired and security issues investigated.
The Value of Disaster Recovery Plans
Natural disasters create one type of computing problem for businesses, while cybersecurity disasters create other, more prevalent concerns.
Every business that uses IT in any capacity should have a disaster recovery plan that not only considers how to get new hardware up and running in the event of a natural disaster but more importantly, how to prevent a digital disaster as well as respond to one that ends up being unavoidable.