Simply having a disaster recovery plan is not the same as having an effective and proven disaster recovery plan. Many businesses do not take the proper precautionary steps when planning for disaster recovery, and there may be things that get overlooked or are not accounted for. At KinTech, we are experts in mapping out disaster recovery plans for many businesses and industries, and we want to share our knowledge with you!
Here are our 4 easy tips when planning for disaster recovery for your business:
1. Be Aware of the Risks
The first step to planning for disaster recovery is identifying where the potential threats to your IT infrastructure could come from. Whether the threat is caused by system failure, human error, power outages, or even building damages, having a list of potential threats helps ensure you have solutions for every occurrence. Cyber attacks target businesses of every size, so knowing how to better protect yourself against them is a valuable asset to a disaster recovery plan.
2. Identify Your Priority Systems
Figuring out the order of what systems are most important to recover is a crucial step when planning your disaster recovery. If you rely on web traffic for your business, you need your website up and running as soon as possible. If you are a manufacturing company, your computer aided manufacturing (CAM) systems are the most important. Every industry is different, but what all businesses have in common is the need to get back online and operating as usual.
3. Know Your Data Types
While every business’s data is equally important, businesses operate with data types that are unique to their industry. Photos and videos for example require more space than spreadsheets and documents, so depending on your business you may need to plan for extra storage for recovery. Ensuring you have the correct amount of storage space for your data will help solidify your disaster recovery plan. And by taking the time to account for storage, you can better organize your data files.
4. Test Your Plan
Disaster Recovery solutions are used when your business suffers major data loss or downtime, so why risk having a plan that isn’t tried and tested? Educate your employees on what to do in case of an emergency, so everyone on your team is prepared for a disaster. By testing your disaster recovery, you will feel more confident if the situation does occur where you need to implement your plan.
KinTechnology wants to empower you and your employees through managed IT services and disaster recovery solutions. With certified IT experts working with every aspect of your data network, we work with you to plan a disaster recovery strategy that works with your business.