No business can afford “downtime” – if you can’t access the information on your computer systems, how long can you wait for someone to come along and get you up and running again?
A Disaster Recovery Plan is designed to enable minimum disruption from downtime caused by a natural disaster, as a result of technological failure or human factors such as sabotage or terrorism.
It should outline all of your current IT services, security provisions and locations covered as well as testing and maintenance activities.
You should have designated roles and responsibilities for all the internal and external persons involved in your Disaster Recovery Plan, complete with their contact details and description of their duties.
Most people don’t ever think about the worst-case scenario but if your company doesn’t have disaster recovery procedures in place, how much downtime could your business survive? Can you answer all of the following?
- What procedures do you in place for a worst-case scenario?
- What would happen if you couldn’t access your computer systems?
- Can you access your files and documents from other sources?
- How would you operate your business if your internet system went down, along with your phone lines?
- Do you have any other way of letting your clients know you’re still here, just having a few technical difficulties?
- How often do you back up all your information?
- How can you, and your staff, access your backups?
Dolphin can do an onsite visit and help you to draw up a Disaster Recovery Plan that would be a workable solution should an unwanted event occur and provide solutions for any areas where you are lacking in ensuring your business can recover within a minimum time-frame.
In addition, Dolphin can come in after an IT disaster has occurred and work with you to find the quickest and most cost-effective way of getting you up and running again in the event that you either don't have a plan, or your plan has not worked. Our advice for any company who has suffered an IT security breach is to act as quickly as possible - the longer it is left, the more damage will be done.
Keeping on top of your business during the good times can be challenging, but by ensuring that you have both a Business Continuity Plan and a Disaster Recovery Plan, you are ensuring you have the procedures in place to keep your business running in the event of the unthinkable occurring.