Are Disaster Recovery Plans Necessary For Organizations?

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Are Disaster Recovery Plans Necessary For Organizations?

Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, snow storms, volcanoes!  Perhaps the last example is a bit drastic, however there is no doubt that business continuity and disaster recovery due to natural disasters has become a hot button issue for corporations.

These disasters can lead to long-term downtime for organizations and cost money and productivity.  Natural events can leave corporate facilities and IT environments such as data centers unable to function.  It is therefore necessary that every organization have a comprehensive Disaster Recovery plan in place.

To start with here are some basic tips for Disaster Recovery planning for your IT department.  The first step should also be the most self-explanatory, and that is to create a full scale DR plan.  This can be an intense process for any IT organization, and the first key component that should be considered should be defining what is important to keeping the business up and running.  Focus on email, applications, equipment and recovery time.   Communication to employees and customers also need to be part of the focus in the early stages of planning.  Once the plan has been established it then needs to be implemented and tested fully.

Many of the backup options out there are very straightforward, however there are still options and places where you can make mistakes.  You certainly don’t want mistakes made during the disaster so better during testing phases.  Make sure to have all expenses and budges for DR preapproved.  You don’t want to spend more time and money fixing systems than needed and fixed budgets for DR will help provide the necessary room for your team to respond efficiently and quickly to get your organization up and running.  Backup everything.  Laptops and desktops as well as all data on the company’s network, and perform offsite backup and storage of the data as well.  Make sure you have spare hardware available so that you are not waiting on critical parts.  Work out guarantees if possible with vendors as well as a part of your DR plan to ensure deliver in a specific time frame.  Monitor and test all of your systems over time to ensure little to no down time as well.  This will help to ensure your system has been configured correctly.  Make sure all of your virus updates are installed and invest in up to date malware and email security software to help protect your data.

If they are foreword thinking, most corporations already have a plan put in place and are now looking to the future at virtualization.  For companies that are just starting to plan their DR options however, it should be understood that every business is vulnerable to the threats of natural disasters. From the small main street local businesses to fortune 100 corporations, IT Security specialists need to be prudent in preparing for the Disaster Recovery of the data for their organization.

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