Having a disaster recovery plan in place is highly important to ensure that your business stays secure. A disaster recovery plan is a process or set of procedures to help recover and protect a company’s infrastructure in the event of a disaster such as a fire, earthquake, tornado, or cyber-attack. When creating a plan there are a few key points that Graffen finds most important.
- Inventory – Having a thorough inventory of hardware and software is crucial. Ensuring a complete inventory will allow the company to get back up and running quicker. Without a specific and up to date set of inventories if disaster struck company data could become comprised, especially if all hardware and software applications aren’t accounted for.
- Communication – When disaster strikes most company’s first responses are to panic. Make sure all employees know that since there is a plan in place everything will be fine. Making sure this message reaches all staff starts with good communication. Keeping everyone up to date on what’s happening and providing next steps will make them feel comfortable and they’ll trust there won’t be turmoil.
- Handling of Sensitive Information –This might be more important in specific industries such as health care or the legal field, but either way it is crucial to keep all sensitive information safe – even if it is just employee records. Make sure to have a recovery strategy on how this information will be retrieved after a disaster.
- Running Trials Regularly – Testing your disaster recovery plan every so often is very important. Know what disasters are most likely to occur and run tests so that any flaws or errors that arise can be corrected before anything happens.
Overall, there are many important factors that go into creating a disaster recovery plan. But going over these key features and starting a discussion with your company will help get a strategy implemented so in a crisis your business stays safe.