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Disaster recovery becoming more important in US

Stephen Perkins

Disaster recovery may be one of the biggest industries if things keep going the way they are now, according to what Korky Koroluk wrote on Daily Commercial News. With the recent flood in southern Alberta, Canada, many are still recovering from the damages, repairs, rebuilding and information loss. Organizations must look to adopt a data backup plan to ensure they will be able to take on any issues that may pop up from an event out of their control like disasters. 

"This year's hurricane season has barely started, and it's expected to be an active one. There has already been terrible destruction from tornados in the U.S. southwest, which is facing another summer of drought," he wrote. "I admit that saying disaster recovery might become our biggest industry is a bit glib. But I'm sure it's a lot more accurate than suggestions that flooding such as we've just seen in southern Alberta isn't likely to happen again for another 100 years or more."

Joshua Poje wrote on Law Practice Today that attorneys should be well out ahead of disaster recovery planning with a data backup solution. The first step toward having a good plan is analyzing current use of data, such as where information is stored, what the risks and costs of losing it are and what else is associated with that data. It is important to figure out the value of what the business uses and establish the sensitivity of different pieces of information.

After doing this, planning and implementation becomes key, he wrote. Looking at which data backup software will work best for each business and implementing it in a way that makes sense for the company can help cut time and costs. It is essential to follow through with each area of the plan and get help from experts if need be and never cut corners.

Beyond these steps, he said it is essential to test a disaster recovery and data backup plan regularly.

"It's an all too common horror story: a business has a catastrophic data loss, turns to their backup system to recover the data, and only then discovers there's a serious flaw in their backup strategy," he wrote on Law Practice Today. "Maybe data was backing up monthly rather than daily, or key files were being left out of regular backups entirely, or perhaps the backup hard drive itself has failed.  There can be many causes, but the results are the same: your backup efforts come to nothing because you've failed to test your system."

Categories: Disaster Recovery