Data corruption or theft
Due the unique nature of any business, disaster recovery plans are never one size fits all. Planning for natural disaster requires careful analysis of an individual business’s processes, data management and its internal and external systems.
Although many disaster recovery plans follow a similar procedure, they are rarely similar in their approach. The way in which companies handle and store data varies widely across the board, and their systems and processes are usually completely different in how they operate.
For this reason, the data recovery process very much relies on a stable preparation stage which outlines potential threats, how they can be minimised, how downtime can be reduced and how they can get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
When disaster does strike, all the preparation that has been done will be for nothing if you cannot apply your strategy in the real world. Again, every business will be very different regarding how the IT side of their company works, so every approach will be dependent on their own individual characteristics.
Once a natural disaster hits, the first step is usually opening up new lines of communication if all others have been compromised. It is also important to communicate the extent of the disaster with staff and team members that are responsible for tackling the problem
Assessment of equipment is a primary concern when a disaster occurs. All equipment should be logged and assessed for damage, whether it is from water, fire or a malicious online attack.
After a disaster, companies want to get back to normal operations as quickly as possible, but sometimes this can take longer than is acceptable. For this reason, most disaster recovery plans have steps in place to get the business operational with the minimum amount of processes required to be effective at a bare-minimum level.
The state of your backups plays a crucial role in how fast you can get back to semi-normal operations. Most disaster recovery plans involve making a copy of your backups, just in case something happens to them.
Power and internet outages can bring a business to an abrupt stop. In the case of a disaster, communication with power and internet suppliers is crucial to make sure there was no wrongdoing on their end.
To get the organisation’s systems back up and running, a careful plan to implement the disaster recovery must be followed without any deviation. It is important to monitor the progress of the recovery and tailor the details as you go, as it is a very fluid process and things can change at a moment’s notice.
Once systems have been restored to a minimum level of operation, then the process of restoring the business to full capacity can begin. The timeline for this can vary widely, and depends on the nature of the disaster as well as the size and scale of the business operations. During this process, all data and systems can then be checked to see if they are operational and working properly.
By their very nature disasters are random and unpredictable, and it is for this reason that many businesses do not have an effective disaster recovery plan laid out. Lots of businesses have a casual attitude towards disaster recovery, but if they knew the stats about data loss and IT failure, they might pay closer attention.
The effects of data loss can vary widely, but some of the more alarming statistics surrounding data loss are worrying.
- 42% of organisations in 2019 suffered data loss on some level
- A recent study showed that 72% of businesses that suffer major data loss close down within 24 months
- A UK study found that if businesses lose their data for more than 10 days, 93% of them file for bankruptcy within a year
- Even for businesses that do not close down, the financial losses are often too great for them to return to normal business activities
Many businesses will turn a blind eye to disaster recovery and claim that their business is secure from random events and threats. The events that can follow a disaster in any organisation are not to be taken lightly, as many times the future of the company is seriously compromised.
Disasters can halt operations, damage business reputation, lead to loss of clients and in the worst-case scenario lead to complete business failure.
Make sure you have a disaster recovery plan in place so that you can resume normal operations as quickly and effectively as possible and secure the future of your company in the process.
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