According to a recent survey by security group Symantec, more than half of all small to medium enterprises don’t have a Business Continuity Plan and half of them have already experienced a significant outage of some kind.
That’s a frightening statistic given all the threats to a business that exist out there, so this article looks at why your business should have a Disaster Recovery Plan and the steps involved in putting one in place.
What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a plan that identifies the risks your business could be exposed to and the steps needed to respond to those risks to ensure your business continues operating.
Within a BCP is a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), which lists the steps required and the personnel involved in recovering from a disaster which might be natural or man-made. This plan should be updated whenever new personnel or systems are added to a business, and should be regularly practised by those involved in its implementation.
What are the risks?
While the type of risks will depend on the type of business, disasters that could occur include:
- Data loss – This could be through a system failure or a targeted attack by cyber criminals.
- Supply chain or partner problems – These can seriously affect an enterprise’s ability to continue operating.
- Terrorism – An attack against a government or enterprise system is always a possibility.
- Pandemic illness – An outbreak of illness or disease could leave an enterprise without key personnel.
- Natural disaster – Hurricanes, cyclones, earthquakes and other natural disasters can all cause widespread disruption and damage to enterprise.
Steps in formulating a DRP
In order to create a Disaster Recovery Plan, the following questions need to be asked:
- What are the potential risks to your business in order of likelihood?
- What steps can be taken to prevent those risks from occurring?
- Who are the key personnel responsible for implementing your plan and who are their backups?
- What are the strategies you will employ to recover from a disaster?
Once you have formulated your DRP, you must introduce it to those involved and test your plan to make sure it is effective. This should be done regularly so that key players are familiar with their roles.
Get help from experts
The best way to ensure your Disaster Recovery Plan is all-encompassing and will actually work in the event of a crisis, is to enlist the help of experts in its formulation.
IT DRP specialists such as Kiandra can help you produce a detailed technology strategy based on the particular characteristics of your business. To find out more visit http://kiandra.com.au/what-we-do/infrastructure-solutions/disaster-recovery/