Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan a Disaster Waiting to Happen?
Are you aware that computer downtime has a negative impact on US companies to the tune of $26.5 billion annually? Also, businesses that suffer a network disaster lasting more than ten days never completely recover financially. Therefore, it’s crucial for your business to have a reliable IT disaster recovery plan. To design a workable plan (or improve one already in existence) the following questions should be asked:
- Is my current plan (if one exists) up to the job?
- How long can my business afford to have its system(s) down?
- What amount of data can my company afford to lose?
- What are my system’s critical servers, applications, and related software?
- If disaster strikes, what is the availability of my company’s IT staff? With respect to outside IT support, how quickly can their personnel be on my business’s premises?
Do you know if your Disaster Recovery Plan will work when you need it the most?
Don’t assume that a good plan on paper will work well in real-life. The worth of a recovery procedure stands and falls on how well it performs when tested. If it’s not tested on a regular basis, how do you know that it even works? Excuses for not testing can be found – not enough time, disruption to workflow, no funds in the budget, etc. However, your first real IT disaster is not the time to discover the flaws in your plan. Test, test and test again. Every time something in your network changes you need to test your plan again.
A recovery system test will provide the following valuable information:
- How long the recovery took.
- Data that presented a challenge to recover.
- Applications that did not return to their normal state.
- The way your IT personnel handled the recovery.
Need Help Getting Started with a Disaster Recovery Plan?
If designing and testing a functional disaster recovery plan seems overwhelming, contact your trusted IT support specialists. If you’re located in the Greater Milwaukee Area, we can help. Please contact us for more information. We can perform a thorough network risk analysis giving you valuable information, not only about your backup procedures and disaster recovery plans but providing you with options for total business continuity, cyber threat protection and how to choose the right cloud management system for your business needs.