All organisations experience disruptions, whether that’s from a cyber attack, IT failure, weather event or something else, and they need to be prepared. The longer it takes to address an issue, the more the costs will spiral and the harder it will be to recover.
A Disaster Recovery Plan gives organisations a process for responding to a variety of incidents. Along with business continuity planning, it’s an essential strategy for managing the ever-increasing risk of disruption.
Why you need a disaster recovery plan
A Disaster Recovery Plan is effectively a form of insurance; you are spending money preparing for a scenario that you hope never occurs. The costs might seem high initially, but when disaster strikes (and it will), an effective plan could be the difference between a bad day at the office and your organisation going out of business.
Writing your plan
Geoffrey H Wold of the Disaster Recovery Journal provides a ten-step template to creating a disaster recovery plan:
Obtain top management commitment
Establish a planning committee
Perform a risk assessment and business impact analysis
Establish processing and operations priorities
Determine recovery strategies
Organise and document a plan
Develop testing criteria and procedures
Test the plan
You can find out more about the ways you can prepare for disaster by reading Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.
Thejendra BS’s guide is full of advice from his experience working for organisations across the globe. You’ll learn how to establish disaster recovery and business continuity plans, and discover the major causes of IT failures that you need to prepare for.