Disaster Planning for Your Business’s Network

network disaster planning

Time management guru Alan Lakein once said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

While the Now IT Connects team hopes that you never experience a network disaster at your business, chances are that you’ll have to respond to something unexpected at some point. Putting together a network disaster recovery plan can help you reduce the damage done to your business and help you get up and running faster.

Network Disaster Causes

While some disasters are results of fires or floods, most network disasters occur due to hardware failure, network attacks, or human error. It’s possible for even the best hardware to fail. When those failures occur in a vital piece of equipment, such as a router or modem, it can cascade that failure throughout your network. Other times, bad actors can gain access to your network through an unaddressed vulnerability and wreak havoc on your network. And human error can always cause a bad day at the office.

Identify Your Disaster Recovery Team

The first step in planning your network disaster recovery should be to identify the team that will be responsible for managing recovery tasks. This team should include staff from all departments so the plan accounts for every piece of technology and potential disruption a disaster would cause. Your disaster recover plan should assign specific tasks to each team member so everyone knows how to leap into action if a network disaster occurs.

Plan How You’ll Recover

In addition to identifying your disaster recovery team, your plan should include concrete steps that will get your business up and running as quickly as possible. Prioritize the steps you’ll take so you minimize disruptions and delays. Identify the essential operations you’ll need to get back up as soon as possible as well as the non-essential tasks that can wait a few hours or a few days to get back to normal.

A thorough disaster recovery plan articulates every detail about what is to be done in the event of a network disaster. Step-by-step plans allows your team to act swiftly without wasting precious time figuring out what to do next. The time spent planning your recovery will save you countless hours and frustration later.

Put a Prevention Plan into Place

As Lakein said, planning lets you take action now on future events. By investing in the time and effort to put together a disaster recovery plan, you should identify gaps in your current network infrastructure that you can fix now to possibly prevent a future disaster.

Your disaster recovery plan should include an inventory of all the hardware, software, and equipment at your business. This gives you an idea of the assets you have, what’s required to maintain and protect them, and any equipment that you should replace or upgrade to ensure you maintain a high level of security.

Another way to prevent loss in the event of a disaster is to implement a backup system. While some businesses still fiddle with backup tapes, most have moved their backup data to the cloud. Implement your backup solution, then make a plan to review this data quarterly.

Once you have your plan put together, it’s time to test it out. Add a disaster day to your company calendar and put your team through a simulated disaster. Give everyone a chance to practice their roles. A little practice now will help an actual recovery scenario go much more smoothly.

The Now IT Connects team helps businesses develop disaster recovery plans and backup their data to ensure it’s safe no matter what happens. For help with your own network disaster recovery plan, contact our team today.