Disaster recovery planning – an essential for all business owners

As a business owner, it is critical that you understand the importance of implementing contingency measures for disasters and the like – especially in today’s day and age, where many business operations are intrinsically linked to computers and various other technological devices. Development of a disaster recovery plan can therefore be one of the most important ways to ensure that whatever happens, your business, clients and information are protected. 

The first step to ensure effective disaster recovery is to create a comprehensive plan for protecting your business’ reputation and recovering essential data. This process will entail at least three concepts: crisis communication, securing crucial systems, and access to your server.

In any crisis, you will need to keep your employees, customers and potentially the media informed on relevant details and developments. As such, it is always wise to have a blueprint crisis communications plan ready in advance. This will involve establishing a crisis communication team (as well as their contact details), determining communication processes and protocols, and considering possible scenarios and responses. Having a basic crisis communication plan in place will help to ensure that you are in a position to take prompt and decisive action if a crisis arises.

You should also ensure that you have some sort of disaster recovery program to ensure that crucial systems containing irreplaceable information are kept as secure as possible. A simple way of doing this is to backup your business systems on external storage devices and then store them off-site. This practice works to ensure that if your office is damaged or destroyed, you don’t lose all of your essential data.

Furthermore, you may want to consider working with an IT professional to create remote access to key parts of your server; being able to access important information off-site could be invaluable in confronting unexpected events.

Posted by George Tarbey on 15/08/2012 at 3:16 PM | Categories:

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