If you’re a small business, with an even smaller IT department, chances are a disaster recovery plan is the backup system you never knew you needed.
In the technology-centric digital age, backup systems are pretty much no-brainers – but singular backup systems for a few processes might not be enough after a major disaster for your organization, especially if multiple systems are affected.
Today, business disasters come in all shapes and sizes, but for small-and-medium-sized-businesses, disasters don’t need to have gale-force winds to be catastrophic. Something as small as a leak, structural damage or fire could leave your organization high-and dry if you’re not properly prepared.
What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Disaster Recovery Plans are IT recovery plans put forth to ensure your vital systems are going to get back up-and-running after any kind of disaster Mother Nature -or a cyber-minded criminal- might throw your way.
IT Disaster Recovery Plans usually contain steps to ensure all network systems are restored after power outages, have backups on-or-off site incase physical damage ensues in a location, and/or plans to replace any broken equipment after a disaster or setback to ensure business continuity. They plan for the worst in hopes that it will never happen, but offer a sense of insurance incase they do. And most importantly, they’re prepared to get you back up and running as soon as possible to continue business functions.
Do I need a Disaster Recover Plan?
If you’re reading this article and at all responsible for business continuity or IT at your organization, you need to have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place. This is especially important for business owners or IT professionals working in higher-risk areas where natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards or floods are a constant physical threat to your organization.
According to FEMA, up to 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, and only 29% were still operational two years later. That’s a pretty startling statistic for events completely out of control of the business proprietors.
Physical threats aren’t the only thing to be worried about when implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan in your organization. Disaster downtime can strike without warning by hacking as well. Having a Disaster Recovery Plan in place may be the only way to ensure your systems will be up and online as soon as possible following an attack.
Step to Setting Up A Disaster Recovery Plan
If your organization is lacking a disaster recovery plan for any foreseeable or unforeseeable disasters in the future, you’re not alone. While trying to set up a plan for disasters you may not even be able to think of yet might seem impossible, it’s a task best left to the professionals of the field.
Working with an experienced IT partner is the most effective way to set up a Disaster Recovery Plan in your organization. IT consultants have the the years of experience and trained eyes to see potential upcoming disasters specific to your organization that you may not even realize – and will have the expertise to ensure your systems will be ready to get back up to speed the second disaster strikes.