In the 1970s, organizations had to make copies of paper-based records. In 1983 the Government made it mandatory for national banks to have a testable backup plan. In the 2000s, there was a shift towards capturing and storing massive amounts of data from social media, cloud, and mobile.
2010 saw Disaster recovery become COMPLEX involving data from new and different sources. Cloud computing helped alleviate this disaster recovery complexity by enabling companies to outsource Disaster recovery plans and recovery. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) began being offered to organizations.
Why Does a Business Need a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Today’s market expects continuous business operations: organizations must be able to restore critical systems within minutes of disruption. In an always-on, 24/7 world, a company can gain a competitive advantage – or lose market share – depending on how quickly it recovers from a disaster and recovers core business services. Organizations can’t afford downtime and need to recover from any unforeseen event that has brought the day-to-day operations to a halt. You need to bounce back to business as usual, quickly. The absence of a disaster recovery plan puts the organization at risk of financial losses and impacts the overall brand image in the market.
While a business can follow best practices and put measures in place to minimize the chances of a cyber-attack or irreversible damage due to employee error or malicious acts, no business can build total immunity against losing critical data – temporarily. What it can do, is prevent permanent loss of data. A disaster recovery plan ensures loss and disruption to the business is temporary and quickly restored.
Where do you start? Are there any local hazards like paper mills, chemical plants, storage facilities, and gas lines? Employee sabotage, error, fire, theft flood, cyber-attacks – these can occur anywhere. Is your business location prone to any natural calamities? Similarly, focus on smaller, but equally potentially disastrous situations like water leaks, equipment failure, or disk corruption.
Cybersecurity issues like penetrations, data corruptions, ransomware, viruses, can also make critical data for your business operations inaccessible. Finally, consider the loss of internet connectivity issue as an event that can put large areas of your business out of operation.
- Minimized downtime
- Protection of customer data
- Continued communication with customers, vendors, and employees
- Preventing ransomware attacks
- Reduced IT costs
Why is Testing and Detailing a Disaster Recovery Plan Important?
- To minimize normal operation interruptions.
- To minimize the extent of the damage.
- To minimize the financial cost of interruptions.
- To establish alternative methods of business operations.
- To train personnel with emergency procedures.
- To provide quick and smooth service restoration
By having a Disaster Recovery Plan in place, organizations can work seamlessly without being affected by extensive downtime and losing extensive precious time trying to get the systems back up. In order to keep businesses running smoothly and efficiently, Disaster Recovery Plans are a need for organizations of all sizes.
Decide on Your Disaster Recovery Solution
Our approach starts with determining your tolerance for downtime, then putting a plan into place that will get your business up and running again within that timeframe, in the event of a disaster. We use advanced technologies and best practices to help assess risks, prioritize and protect business-critical applications and data. These solutions can help companies recover their data during and after any disruptive event quickly and effectively.
We at Technical Action Group (TAG) are experienced in creating customized Disaster recovery plans for business needs that will have your organization up and running in 3 hrs, in case of a server crash. Be it fire, floods, theft, hardware malfunctions, cyberattacks, or human error. We are standing with you, ready to help you get back up.
Call us at (416) 489-6312 for a consultation!