03 Jan Create an IT Disaster Recovery Plan in 5 Steps
Do You Feel Confident in Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan?
Enterprises do not always know when their operations will be threatened, and as unpredictable as the world may be, an IT disaster recovery plan enables organizations to respond quickly to unexpected incidents that impact IT infrastructure.
Even for well-established companies, there are always new stories of IT cyber-attacks, data loss, and infrastructure outages. When unexpected disasters hit, not all of these organizations have the internal plans or business continuity services in place to ensure the stability of their operations.
In an article from Ready.gov, IT Disaster Recovery Plan, they note, “An information technology disaster recovery plan (IT DRP) should be developed in conjunction with the business continuity plan.” While there is no definite way to prevent the disasters from hitting your organization, with a solid plan in place, you may control the damage and ensure that your infrastructure downtime is minimal or obsolete.
Here are five areas of strategy when implementing an IT disaster recovery plan to ensure you have the components in place that are necessary for tackling any disaster:
- Complete a Business Impact Analysis
It’s time to assess the risks. Take the time to list out likely threats the organization may face and identify preventive controls; this will allow you to measure how these risks impact downtown for different areas of your business and provide an idea of the potential costs and data security threats that you may encounter.
- Develop Strategies and Objectives
After assessing potential risks, you will need to formulate a strategy and set objectives to ensure your IT disaster recovery plan is as organized as possible. Determine the maximum endurable downtime to decide the amount of time following data corruption that full restoration is needed.
- Outline Infrastructure and Inventory
To maintain proper asset management you need to outline the organization’s infrastructure and document a thorough inventory of the equipment within your organization. Documenting your IT inventory provides the organization a systematized structure of assets and business procedures that need to be protected.
- Develop a Contingency Plan
The contingency plan will provide details for the specific roles and responsibilities that individuals in each department hold to ensure the technology systems are kept available and restored during an emergency. Features of this plan include maintenance schedules, training needs, resource requirements and data-backup schedules.
- Test Your Theory
…and redesign accordingly. It is crucial to incorporate ongoing testing, training, and exercises with your team to ensure your plan is adequate and complete. Changes to your IT infrastructure over time may create a need for policy modifications.
Many organizations do not have sufficient IT Support to conduct all the necessary steps to a successful IT disaster recovery plan. However, by ensuring that your current team is fully aware of the steps they can manage you will save your team and organization many headaches when disaster strikes. Consider working with a Managed IT Services Provider to ensure you have a thorough IT disaster recovery plan.
Check out more information on our Cloud Disaster Recovery solutions and ensure that you have the necessary tools in place during potential disasters for flawless data recovery and minimal downtime.
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Matthew currently serves as the Marketing Content Specialist for Comm-Works. He possesses experience in the marketing and communications space, and has worked in a variety of fields including technology, health, and franchising. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University in MN and in his spare time, you’ll find him swimming, cooking, and spending time outdoors.