webmasterNovember 16, 2017November 16, 2017We often define a disaster as a hurricane, earthquake or fire. While these types of events are horrific in nature, other types of disasters (ransomware, DNS failures and city-wide strikes), can also lead to customer mistrust, lost revenue and even business closings. That is why it is important to have a comprehensive disaster and recovery plan; one that is agile and workable in today’s technology dependent business environment. Here is a good evaluation of what a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is not and what it truly is. If you follow the “is” guidelines, your business should experience minimal disruption, if any, once a disaster occurs. The New Definition of Disaster Recovery DR is not backing up data once a week and storing it off-site. Disaster Recovery is establishing protocols, procedures and policies that allow data to be accessible and recoverable from any location. It is a system that backs up data on a real-time basis and a process that allows individuals to work from another location with little to no downtime to employees, vendors or clients. DR is not exclusively for catastrophic events, like hurricanes. Disaster Recovery is a plan that includes catastrophic and non-catastrophic events including hardware failures, network outages, cyberattacks and human error. It is anything that keeps your users from accessing the data they need to complete their work for any length of time or for customers to access what they want (i.e. a shopping cart). DR is not better if you can physically touch it, such as an external hard drive or back-up server. This gives the illusion of control, but accessing the data locally may be difficult if the personnel associated with your recovery operation are not available or are unfamiliar with the data structure. Disaster Recovery is better served in cloud-based data centers which are better equipped and staffed then they have been in the past. This solution allows for faster recovery time. If you haven’t moved your data to the cloud, now is the time to evaluate and choose a cloud solution provider. DR is not one and done – never to be looked at until you have an event. Disaster Recovery involves continuous testing and frequent revisiting of the plan. Testing allows for a predictable and reliable processes, as well as, workable updates. DR is not a plan if it is not readily accessible. It is best to have several copies of the plan both electronically and physically. Have a binder onsite and offsite. Keep your plan on the cloud. Make sure the CEO and CIO have physical binders in their homes. And make sure the team knows exactly where the plans are. When Disaster Strikes, Business Continuity Plan with Us Don’t wait for a disaster to happen to come up with a plan! Learn more about how Hartford Technology Rental can provide your organization with business continuity services and give you peace of mind. Contact us today at 888-520-5667 or online to discuss your DR plans!