In some ways, you will never know the effectiveness of your disaster recovery plans until they need to take effect. This sobering reality keeps many a CEO up at night. Still, you can take steps to ensure that, should the worst happen, your company can retain its structure and data integrity. Take time to analyze your plan, and make sure you are ready when disaster strikes.
Key Team Members
Your organization, however technically adept you are, depends on people. The first piece you need to assess, then, is the identity and readiness of your key team members. To respond effectively, you need members of your management, human resources, IT, and public relations staff prepared to respond as needed. You have to ensure continuity of your services and processes, and these key members will work to do so.
For this to work, of course, you need to plan for the key team’s readiness. You need at least the following:
You need your organization ready to respond. A core team that can keep your structure, data, and personnel operating to meet your basic needs is critical to your disaster recovery plans.
Beyond the people, you need plans to keep your data secure, against either loss or theft. Natural disasters or human infiltration can wreak havoc in your company by compromising your operating systems or your customer information. Your plan should therefore include security protocols on site and data backups and redundancies off site.
At a minimum, you should maintain servers in a separate facility from your offices. If you hold data in multiple locations, it helps limit the damage if one location suffers a catastrophe. Further, it allows you to wall off access in one place in the event of a security breach, while maintaining any operations that need to continue uninterrupted to keep your company operating smoothly.
Your company’s disaster recovery plans cannot be definitively assessed until the aftermath of an actual event. Still, you can identify the ways you are prepared, and shore up areas that you may not be as ready as you should be. Remember, a disaster recovery plan without a formal test is just a theory. Click here to learn more about how Custom Information Services can help.