Respond, Resume, Restore: Create a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business Data

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Minnesota’s storm season is fast-approaching. While you’re dusting off your weather radio, Now IT Connects hopes you consider preparing for another type of disaster, one that can strike any time of year.

Every business should have an IT disaster recovery plan. The plan covers how the business intends to bounce back from an event where their data, software, and hardware are compromised, stolen, or destroyed. Sounds like a disaster to us!

Your disaster recovery does not need to be complicated, but it should be thorough. IBM has a 13-point recovery plan template you can use to make sure all your bases are covered. We’ve distilled the basic elements down to three major action steps: respond, resume, restore.

Respond to the Disaster

The first section of your disaster recovery plan should cover how your organization will immediately respond to a disaster and who is responsible for each response. Often, businesses include an inventory of all of their hardware, software, applications, and other IT assets in their response plan. It helps to have the names and contact information of key staff members, too.

The respond step of your recovery plan should include all the actions you need to take immediately following the disaster. Examples include meeting with your recovery team, identifying compromised systems, and prioritizing essential systems and services.

Resume IT Operations

With your team in place and list of action steps, it’s time to implement your plan. What needs to happen so your organization can resume essential systems and services? Once you have recovered essential tools and data, notify staff members that they are able to resume work.

Restore IT Operations Completely

Once you have your essential systems and services back up and running, your disaster recovery team can start to restore the rest of your IT. Once everything has been restored completely, your recovery team should meet to review the plan and identify what worked well and what needs to be improved.

Prevent and Minimize Future Damage and Disruption

Once you have a disaster recovery plan in place, consider investing in tools that help you minimize damage and disruption from a disaster or prevent it altogether. If you currently back up your data on your premises, consider adding another layer of protection with cloud backup. Now IT Connects often recommends Microsoft Azure. Azure is off-site, cloud backup built for business. It is secure, compliant, and allows you to scale your business without sacrificing security or efficiency.

One of the most powerful disaster recovery tools on the market is Barracuda’s Intronis MSP platform. This allows us, your managed IT provider, to access and monitor your system remotely. We can often identify and address threats and issues before they become disasters.

We’d love the opportunity to help you create your IT disaster recovery plan and implement solutions to keep your data secure and your team productive. Contact Now IT Connects today to get started.