Our daily lives and business operations rely heavily on technology and digital tools. In such a world, even a minor IT hiccup can bring your business to a standstill. Cyber attacks, hardware failures, natural disasters and more could be an unforeseen event that could seriously disrupt your operations. Implementing a robust IT disaster recovery plan helps ensure business continuity and minimise downtime in the event of the unexpected.

Although many businesses understand the importance of keeping up with technology, it is reported that ¼ of SME’s struggle to. The World Economic Forum have reported, “SMEs acknowledge the importance of keeping up with technological and innovation demands: approximately 25% of SMEs cite this as a top challenge. Additionally, 64% of SMEs find it challenging to effectively use the data from their systems and 74% struggle to maximise the value of their company’s data investments.”

So, if you are business who is struggling to keep on top of the basics, can you be certain that your Disaster Recovery Plan is effective?

Building the Foundation: Risk Assessment and Prioritisation

The first step is understanding what you have and the importance of it for business operations. Conducting a thorough risk assessment to identify potential threats, both internal (for example accidental data deletion) and external (for example cyberattacks).
Prioritising critical business assets is crucial, understanding the most important assets with the systems and data most essential for daily operations.
This will help determine the acceptable Recovery Time Objective (RO) – the timeframe within which critical functions need to be restored and the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) – the acceptable amount of data loss tolerable.

Data Backup and Recovery

Often, an organisation’s entire business relies on its data. Establishing a comprehensive backup strategy that includes the technology best suited to your business. This could be a local backup on-site, an off-site backup or a cloud backup.
It is also important to regularly test your backups to ensure data integrity and ensure a smooth restoration process should it be required.

Communication is Key

Effective communication is crucial during a crisis. With the severe organisational disruption an IT incident can cause, it is important to have an established communication protocol to allow people to stay informed without causing disruption to the recovery effort.

To achieve this, a designated clear chain of command is required, outlining the roles and responsibilities of each team member involved in the recovery process. Establishing communication protocols, including preferred contact methods and channels for information distribution.

Beyond Backups: Considering All Angles

While data backup is vital, a disaster recovery plan goes way beyond just restoring files. Consider an alternative workspace or remote access solution for business continuity purposes.
It is also important to plan for potential hardware failure, particularly for critical infrastructure like servers, by having spare equipment readily available.

Disaster Recovery with CTRL-S: A Proactive Approach

Developing and maintaining a robust disaster recovery plan can be a complex task. CTRL-S can be your strategic partner, and here’s how:

  • Expertise and Guidance: Our team has the experience and expertise required to conduct a thorough risk assessment and tailor a recovery plan specific to your business needs.
  • Technology and Resources: We have a comprehensive suite of technologies we can implement to ensure your data is backed up, including cutting edge cloud backup solutions.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Building and maintaining an in-house disaster recovery plan can be expensive. Utilising the experience of the CTR-S team can prove to be a cost-effective solution for your business.

Conclusion: Be Prepared, Not Scared

Whilst you hope to never require your Disaster Recovery Plan, unexpected disasters could occur at any point. By implementing a well-defined IT disaster recovery plan you can significantly reduce the downtime, minimise data loss and ensure business continuity as much as possible. By taking a proactive approach you can face the unexpected, knowing your business is prepared. Get in touch today to create your Disaster Recovery Plan.

 

 

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