Disaster Recovery: The Importance of Being Prepared
A natural or man-made disaster could be devastating to your business, especially if you’re caught blindsided. Most people take advantage of basic virus protection, but so much more can happen that would render your technological equipment useless, or worse – endanger you, your employees, and your customers. Creating and following thorough disaster recovery protocols can help you minimize downtime and data loss and ensure that your business will prevail despite the greatest challenges.
Now that’s what we call smart business.
Smooth and Efficient Disaster Recovery
Do you remember the great blackout of 2003 that left all of the northeastern and midwestern United States without power? This is one of the greatest examples we can think of to stress the importance of being prepared ahead of time, knowing what to do when disaster strikes, and having strong and reliable disaster recovery systems in place.
The companies affected by the blackout most likely had preventive measures, but they still had to work together to keep the integrity of their businesses intact during and after the disaster. Even the blackout didn’t harm the strongest businesses as much as it could have. News agencies still printed newspapers. Emergency services were still available. Hospitals still cared for their patients. Although the power was out, time did not stop.
The blackout may have been trying while the lights were out, but we all recovered quickly afterward.
Now, when we talk about disaster recovery, we’re mostly referring to technology. But it’s important to factor in the basics, like having working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, an emergency evacuation plan, and security alarms to prevent the physical theft of your property. In addition to ensuring the safety of everyone involved, being prepared with such security would help to prevent snowball effects that would be detrimental to your business. Fire prevention is required by your local fire department as well, so it’s important to regularly review your systems to make sure they’re up-to-date.
When it comes to technological security, creating a disaster recovery plan is a comprehensive procedure that requires the assistance of everyone involved.
The steps you should take before, during, and after a disaster depend on a variety of factors, which is why you should create a plan of action for each type of security threat, be it a physical threat or an internet security disaster. Consider every possible scenario that could endanger people or property. Then work together to come up with a safe, smooth, and efficient way to prevent each one from happening – and a plan of action if it does.
Practice these techniques if possible. As you’re doing so, pay attention to any details that you may have missed and then incorporate them into your overall plan.
Create a document that details all of your research, prevention methods, and recovery techniques. Make sure all members of your management team and your employees have access to the document and understand it, and set up employee training sessions to make sure that they do. The plan should be printed on paper as well as accessible on computer, and it should include the names and phone numbers of all IT staff members and the technology solutions company you work with, as well as emergency evacuation procedures. Make sure your plan includes disaster recovery processes for your technology, such as how to implement backup systems.
Bringing It Together
We can’t stress how important it is to have these plans in place in the event of a disaster. Being prepared provides added peace of mind, minimizes chaos during the disaster, ensures the reliability of backup systems, sets standards and processes, reduces the possibility of lawsuits and injuries, and improves overall organization.
When a disaster strikes, you can’t go through it haphazardly. You need to know what to do and how to do it. That’s why it’s important to have a level-headed, experienced outside consultant who knows what’s best for your business. The technology consultant can:
- • Explore the overall quality of your systems.
- • Tell you what you need.
- • Secure your systems.
- • Assist you in preparing and practicing your technological disaster recovery techniques.
- • Help you recover after the disaster.
For more technical details about disaster recovery procedures for your specific business, call us at (480) 418-3428 or contact us through our Clarity Technologies website.