Building a Disaster Recovery Plan

Would you be surprised to know that the majority of small to medium-sized businesses do not have sufficient plans in place to address disasters? Whether they are man-made or of natural origins, if they are not dealt with immediately they will continue to get worse. Is your business prepared in case of a disaster?

Disaster recovery plans focus on putting together a methodical and detailed plan to anticipate potential risk factors, disasters, and events that have the ability to bring productivity to a crashing halt. These plans will also outline the ways to protect the system(s) being affected, what to do about current assets, and the necessary precautions to minimize the effects of a disaster so that the business can continue to operate or quickly resume critical functions.

Not every recovery plan is identical, and the needs of your business will determine exactly what needs to be included in your plan and how to prioritize it accordingly. With that being said, here are a few key functions that should be well thought out when creating your recovery plan:

  • It can be invoked immediately following a natural disaster (hurricane, flooding, fire, etc.) or a man-made disaster (errors, breaches, etc.)
  • It focuses on the essential information and systems that support critical business functions.
  • It involves keeping all critical operations functioning despite significant disruption.
  • Detailed set of policies, tools, and procedures in the event of a disaster.
  • It enables the recovery and continuation of critical business infrastructure and systems.

Among other aspects, these are just some of the important features that should be highlighted in any disaster recovery plan. Setting up and preparing a disaster recovery plan can be as expensive as setting up complete operations. But, having a plan in place is an essential element to any solid business plan.

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