Malware, loss of power, a crashed server, fire or a disgruntled employee are all reasons you could face a data recovery situation. When that time comes, you will want to make sure you have a fool-proof disaster recovery plan in place.
Think about it. Are you prepared to handle a disaster? Sure, you think you have it all covered. After all, what are those daily backups for? However, when it comes to restoring your data the trouble can come with how quickly and efficiently you can make it happen. Every minute of downtime could cost you another dollar.
Many organizations are turned away by the time intensive nature of disaster recovery planning. When a disaster strikes, though, only a properly implemented backup and disaster recovery plan will keep your business afloat.
Still not convinced. Well, consider that the Federal Emergency Management Agency states that 40% of businesses do not open after a disaster and another 25% will fail within a year.
Here are a few other statistics about data breaches:
• A total of 90% of all businesses have suffered a cyber attack.
• The industry average breach goes undetected for more than eight months.
• The average organization experiences 1,400 attempts to their network every week.
Further, ransomware payments in 2016 hit $1 billion, which is up from 2015 payments of $24 million.
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Unfortunately, the statistics are not in our favor. It’s important to ensure you have your bases covered when it comes to your organizational disaster recovery plan. Here are some of the most common backup and recovery mistakes enterprises make- and how to avoid them.
Mistake No. 1: Going it alone
The responsibility of creating a disaster recovery strategy may fall on the IT department, but it can not fall on them alone. Recovery is an enterprise-wide responsibility that should include users, leaders, financial managers, partners and legal experts. They can help define what common types of disasters to plan for and which applications/data is mission critical. Managed Service Providers can help create, test and implement recovery plans to properly protect business resources. They can help you, along with other members of your organization, prepare for all disaster types from hardware or system malfunctions to human errors.
Mistake No. 2: Overlooking the people part
Disaster recovery is heavily involved in IT equipment and data, but it must also account for your physical locations, power supplies, communications and people. Don’t forget to think of things such as offsite locations for employees to work and what they will need to continue operations in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to document your plan in detail and educate your employees on these steps. If your employees are properly educated on the steps to take during and after a disaster, you can get your business up and running quickly and efficiently.
Mistake No. 3: Not testing for all scenarios
The next step after establishing your disaster recovery plan is to test. And test regularly under what-if scenarios. If you can’t be confident in your plan under normal conditions, you won’t be comfortable under extreme pressure. Assess your levels of tolerance with each different disaster scenario. While doing this, create a clear recovery point objective (RPO) that will determine your tolerance for lost data. As well as your recovery time objective (RTO) which will outline how much downtime you can afford in minutes, hours and days. The answers to these will vary for different industries and organizations. One thing to keep in mind, the lower the tolerance the higher the cost. Conducting tests can help you identify and mitigate weaknesses while building confidence in your plan.
Mistake No. 4: Have a backup plan for your backup plan
What if something goes wrong to your backup plan? Have a backup plan for your backup plan. No disaster recovery plan is fool-proof. Continuously bolster yours by confiding in a managed service provider that builds robust redundancy at secure, off-site locations. At our organization, Netserve365, we have partnered with Iron Mountain, a concurrently maintainable Tier-III designed, 220-feet underground, data center located in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Data that is backed up is stored locally and is replicated to the Iron Mountain Data Center. If your original backup site fails or files become corrupted, you’ll have a secure and reliable data set to pull from.
Mistake No. 5: Data recovery is a onetime deal
As business naturally evolves and changes are made, it makes sense your disaster recovery plan must change to align properly. Revisit and update your plan several times a year, as well as whenever big changes are made. Once these updates are implemented, retest your plan to make sure everything is working smoothly.
While there may never be a completely fool-proof backup and recovery plan, you can definitely create an effective plan that will get you through tough times. With careful planning, regular testing and consistent updates, your plan can withstand whatever comes your way.
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