Do your staff know what to do in an emergency of IT proportions? Do you know what to do?
Having a disaster recovery plan or business continuity plan is imperative in this age of cyber attacks and natural disasters. If it all hits the fan, you need to have a roadmap to recovery.
So what is a disaster recovery plan?
Quite simply, it’s a plan to cover your butt. No one wants to think the worst but one day that meteor just might hit your business and you need to make sure you’ll survive. A disaster recovery plan is essentially a roadmap of what to do if your business is hit by a malicious cyber attack or even a natural disaster.
What should it include?
The plan should include an analysis of the potential threats that could occur and even a handy little risk matrix to establish which threats could cause the most damage and which ones are the most likely. Here’s a list of some of the items you should be including in your plan:
- List your personnel or include an org chart detailing each person’s responsibilities
- Provide a list of the emergency services that should be contacted and include the key internal personnel.
- List your inventory including your hardware and software. List your PC’s, servers, telephones and all items that need to be accounted for in the event of a disaster.
- Include a data backup plan which details where backups are kept and how to access them.
- Detail the procedure for getting your information services back up and running including phones and internet
- Detail the procedure on what to do during times of power outages; include what to if the power is out for a considerable length of time.
- Detail the procedure for recovering the entire system
- Detail any other relevant procedures for your business
These are just some of the things you can include in a disaster recovery plan, and it’s not just the IT side of the business you need to consider – all aspects of your business need to be considered.
Three Very Good Reasons why Your Business Should Have a Disaster Recovery Plan
- You should expect the best but prepare for the worst.
Having a plan in place means you and your business are better prepared for disaster and therefore, better prepared to recover. Be proactive rather than reactive and you will reap the benefits later.
- Time is money after all.
Any disruption to your business will cost money, so you need to have a plan in place.
- Communication is key.
A disaster recovery plan is a great method for communicating what everyone needs to do during a disaster. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail! Keep your staff informed and they’ll be reassured that a disaster doesn’t have to spell the end.
“It won’t happen to us” or “We don’t have to time to come up with a plan” aren’t valid reasons for not having a disaster recovery plan. For some help with writing your own disaster recovery plan, check out IBM’s example here or call us for some free friendly advice on what IT items you should include (08) 9452 6000.