Picture, for a moment, that your business is hit by a catastrophic incident. Maybe a fire has destroyed your office or your company’s network has been attacked full force by hackers, thus, decimating your system.
How would your business respond? Would it scramble to find the necessary help and resources to recover the lost information? Would there even be any hope that the lost information could be recovered?
The unfortunate reality is that many businesses do face events like this, and they are caught standing flat footed in terms of their data backup and disaster recovery planning. It’s easy to get a plan in place — businesses simply need to find the right partners and be proactive about it.
Why is disaster recovery important?
The impact of a disastrous scenario can be profound. In fact, many businesses are unable to fully recover in scenarios like this, which can eventually drive them out of business.
A disastrous IT event can take its toll in a number of ways:
- Financial costs: These can range from hiring professionals to sift through the wreckage of your network or fines levied for not properly protecting important client information. Without continuity, businesses also lose days, weeks or even months of productivity.
- Credibility: A major incident of data loss can be a significant blow to a company’s credibility — clients and partners may take notice.
- Fate of the business: If the scenario is severe enough, these types of situations can prove impossible to completely bounce back from, thus, costing business owners the companies they worked so hard to build.
These extreme scenarios might seem incredibly rare. After all, the chances are not significantly high that your building will start on fire or your office will be directly in the path of a tornado, however, it doesn’t have to be something this major to take a toll on businesses.
Accidentally downloading corrupted files, hardware failure, human error — businesses face many different hazards that can lead to significant data loss. These are things that all businesses are susceptible to.
Key approaches to any disaster recovery plan
Many businesses don’t think about their disaster recovery plan until it is too late. The most frustrating part about this is that, with a little foresight and thought, any business can be ready for such scenarios.
When a company is designing a disaster recovery program it’s important to take the following approaches:
- Preventative: Anticipate the potential threats to your network and take measures to mitigate those risks. Always avoid an incident if possible — that should be a no-brainer.
- Detective: A DR plan should include measures that help expose disastrous events in their infancy so measures can be taken swiftly. An example of this is installing anti-virus software so you can know right away if your network is under attack.
- Corrective: Then, of course, a DR plan should have steps in place to restore the compromised elements of your network so that your business can maintain continuity.
An important piece of DR planning is teaming with the right group of professionals. DKBInnovative has decades of combined experience on staff with technicians that are trained and knowledgeable in creating sound DR plans.
The DKBInnovative team invites all interested businesses to tap into this knowledge and ensure that productivity continues rolling even in the face of a disastrous scenario.
Stay safe out there!