disaster recoveryIn today's technology-driven world, a solid disaster recovery plan is vital for business. Companies risk losing their customers' information and profits if an unforeseeable event takes servers and systems down.

Even though business owners may not be at fault for disasters, customers and employees still expect them to prepare well in advance. Create a plan to protect and restore any compromised data prior to disaster.

What disaster recovery means

Disaster recovery is the set of policies and procedures that an organization uses in case its data is compromised. The plans assign different tasks to employees to streamline the process for safeguarding and recovering information. These plans also define what constitutes an emergency and determine the best response from within the company.

Best disaster recovery plans should include contingencies both for natural disasters as well as digital disasters such as security breaches. The plan helps the company maintain its public image and return to normal operations faster.

Why Every Business Should Have a Disaster Recovery Plan

Many businesses have digital infrastructures to store and secure sensitive data such as:

  • Employee data (social Security numbers and bank account details)
  • Contact and payment information for customers
  • Passwords and usernames
  • Employees' private communications

Although many technological innovations are beneficial to business, hacking or malware techniques can put the data of customers at risk.

Natural disasters can also strike at inopportune moments. Hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes are just some of the unpredictable events that can affect data management and access. This can hinder a company's capacity to rebuild or maintain its standard business operations.

How to Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan

disaster recovery planIt may seem difficult to create a business disaster recovery plan. A strategy is essential, and you should seek out help and guidance. You can try drafting an outline that looks like this:

  • Assess the risks that your business faces. Take into account the information that you collect and manage. What kind of online threats might it attract? Does your HQ have a location that is prone to natural disasters?
  • Find a data backup solution that is scalable. Cloud-based software has become more affordable and popular than ever before, so your data will remain intact even if you lose your on-site server.
  • Regularly back up your data. Start by backing up your old data while you work with your backend team on ongoing solutions.
  • Create a task force for disaster recovery. Assign roles to qualified team members within a group for disaster recovery.

You can adjust your plan as necessary. As you build new IT infrastructures, you can modify any outline that you have drafted to fit the needs of your company.

Set Your Disaster Recovery Plan up for Success

Regular updates are essential to a successful disaster recovery plan. Security experts should regularly check for bugs and breaches in the system, and improve on its security features. This flexible approach allows companies to keep up with the constantly changing digital landscape.

The data security tasks may seem daunting, but they can save your business from a disastrous event. now is the time to contact Integrated Technology Systems before disaster strikes.

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