Organizations need to be sure they are preparing for every type of disaster that might happen .

Backup plan needed to keep business safe

Stephen Perkins

A plan for disaster needs to take into account more than just tornadoes and flooding. In modern business systems, data backup is needed to help make sure a company can survive issues like a severe hacking or data leak. IT professional Matt Rhodes wrote on Director of Finance Online that a plan for disaster recovery needs to have step-by-step procedures for how to recover systems that have been compromised and make sure they are back to normal for everyday business use.

Developing this plan should include:
- Business analysis to prioritize the most important parts
- Preventative controls to ensure nothing bad will happen to information
- Recovery strategies to make sure information can be brought back with ease
- Plan testing to make sure the program works as well as possible
- Evolution to move the plan forward in a manner which makes sense

"Businesses are unlikely to be affected by disaster, yet continue paying for a service they will never use along with the insurance needed to cover their assets," Rhodes wrote. "With planning and the utilization of innovative solutions like Inactive/Active, DR businesses can protect their operation and free up budget to invest in their future growth, rather than worrying about things that might never happen."

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a major disaster. Considering the costly impact of such an event, organizations must prepare with data backup to ensure operations can return to normal as soon as possible.

Categories: Disaster Recovery