Disaster recovery plans can make running a business feel less like walking a tightrope.

Risk management key to disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

Operating a business is somewhat like walking on a tightrope. Without the right balance, the inherent risks can become realities, and it is important to acknowledge all possible outcomes before venturing out into the open. Building a disaster recovery plan allows companies to be prepared rather than deal with predictable issues on the fly.

"Companies are increasingly realizing that they need to have proactive plans for dealing with natural and man-made disasters, and not just react to them – or worse, assume that extreme events 'won't happen to us,'" said Howard Kunreuther, professor and co-director at the Wharton School's Risk Management Center.

Kunreuther said that it is essential to have a complete view of supply chains and orders of command when mapping out potential scenarios and determining how to handle them. Being able to address weak points, communicate effectively with management and establish business continuity will keep companies functioning even in the event of a disaster. It will be especially important for IT departments to convey to their superiors the ramifications that can be attached to possible data loss situations. By illustrating worth and providing plausible strategies to be deployed, those tasked with protecting information are more likely to receive the support they need. 

Backing up remotely protects against danger
One way in which to prepare for potentially damaging events is to establish remote backup. According to Host Review contributor Drew Fenway, onsite backup methods that utilize external hard drives can leave copies of data exposed to many of the same viruses that threaten to compromise the originals. Offsite backup not only retains proper redundancies, it also allows essential information and applications to be available when access to the physical office is prevented, making inclement weather or other natural hazards less threatening to an organization's integrity.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup