Disaster Recovery Plan – Is Your Business Prepared?

If a disaster struck your business now, would you be ready to handle it?

According to FEMA, over 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Almost all organizations rely on technology for daily operations, and the amount of data and information technology lost to disaster will only increase as time goes on. 

So, what can your business do to avoid devastating effects caused by disasters? Create a disaster recovery plan! We’ve come up with 5 ways you can protect your organization in a catastrophe:

1. Address Vulnerabilities

The first step in creating your personal disaster recovery plan is to find out exactly what your company needs in order to run. Consider this: can your company function if it loses internet or files? If you can’t function without internet, a plan will need to be put in place to mitigate that risk.

Companies should also consider a risk assessment before solidifying their plan, to measure where any vulnerabilities, potential threats, and possible reactions to threats may exist. A risk assessment could identify vulnerabilities such as an unsecure network, old hardware with failure potential, and other potential threats within your business. These need to be addressed before an accurate list of “company needs for survival” can be made.

2. Communication Plan and Role Assignments

The second step is to outline which employees or vendors need to be contacted in the event of a disaster or emergency. Prior to a disaster, all parties involved should be educated to understand their role or responsibility in the event of a disaster. 

3. Plan for Equipment

It’s important to protect your equipment in the event of a disaster. Businesses should consider where important equipment is located and how vulnerabilities can be minimized within these locations.

4. Backup Check

An essential part of every business’s disaster recovery plan is to make sure your data backup is always working properly. Running onsite or offsite backups ensures that your data is being protected, and that it can be restored in the event your equipment is compromised.

The procedures for a backup should identify what to backup, by whom, how to perform a backup, location, and how frequently the data should be backed up. Doing so can prevent data loss in the event of a disaster and save your business from a total shutdown.

5. Test and Maintain

A disaster recovery plan is a continual process for analyzing risk. It is recommended that a company take routine tests of the Disaster Recovery Plan to estimate effectiveness. Consistent planning and testing can prepare an organization for imminent disasters and emergencies.

If you have questions about designing a Disaster Recovery Plan specific for your business, contact Kitsap Networking Services & Sequim I.T. Our team of professional engineers will be happy to assist you!

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