Is Your Business Prepared For an IT Disaster?

IT disaster recover planOver the years you’ve likely heard about the big companies which have infamously been hacked and breached. The attackers obtaining sensitive personal information and business information from those breaches. You likely haven’t heard much news about small businesses suffering from these types of attacks however. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen to small businesses, simply that those attacks don’t get picked up and spread by large news outlets. Is your business prepared for an IT disaster? Many small business owners don’t understand how significant a cyber attack can affect their business until it happens. If an unexpected unfortunate event does occur, you need to have a disaster recovery plan. Here are steps to start and implement your IT disaster recovery plan.

Create a Complete Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster recovery will save you not just from attacks but also natural disasters or accidents that may affect your data. Earthquakes, floods or fires can damage your servers or other systems and cause you to loose valuable business data. Work with a specialized IT provider to create your business IT disaster recovery plan. Every detail about your business operations and how it is handled daily should be considered.  This plan takes into consideration your data, workflow and budget to develop a plan that fits your needs. An additional requirement is train all employees involved in the plan to understand and know their role and the importance it plays within the plan.

Test Your Plan Frequently and Update

Once you have created the disaster recovery plan test it for performance and effectiveness. Testing the plan may present hidden holes that need to be addressed. Beyond the initial testing phase it’s recommended to conduct periodic testing and training with your staff. Developing your disaster recovery plan and testing since recovery time objective (RTO), and recovery point objective (RPO), do change over time.

Backup Your Data

Onsite backups provide a great benefit to your business, but it’s not good enough. Data should also be backed up to a cloud or other off-site location. This is a key element of any good disaster recovery plan. Your managed service provider can monitor and update files as needed and backup the data continuously. We recommend going with the 3-2-1 plan. Make 3 copies of your data, keep them on 2 different types of media, and keep 1 offsite.

Set Centralized Objectives/Goals

Before a disaster strikes, you should have set objectives. Consider your targeted recovery time, recovery point objective and more. Resolve how much downtown is allowed, and how immediately you need to have your server restored. Your backup, disaster recovery plan, and cost of implementation will be affected by these objectives.

Finally, the point is business owners need to have a business IT disaster recovery plan. Green Shield Technology can provide ease for small businesses who need to implement them as soon as possible.