Why Your Current Disaster Recovery Plan Might Not Be Good Enough

Your clients depend on you to defend their data. No matter what business you’re in — whether it’s healthcare, car sales, or banking— you have sensitive data that thieves want. That data could be trade secrets, your financial accounts, or the personal information of your customers. Whatever the specifics may be, it’s up to you to protect it.

Protecting data also means protecting your access to it in the event of a disaster. After all, your data won’t do you any good if your IT infrastructure is damaged so badly that the data is inaccessible when you need it most.

Why Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

In 2021, there has already been an average of $102.3 million in ransomware transactions per month. In 2020, fires were responsible for $12.1 billion in property damage.

Without a recovery plan, your business might not bounce back from these kinds of losses. Developing a disaster recovery plan can help you to eliminate downtime, fend off cyber attackers, and restore normality for your workforce as quickly as possible.

What Kinds of Disasters Should Businesses Plan For?

Some of the specifics of your disaster recovery plan may depend on where your business is located, but the principles remain the same. You’ll want to address:

1.   Cybercrime

Hackers and thieves can make their way into unsecured systems. There are many tools in the hacker’s arsenal, including phishing, business email compromise (BEC) attacks, social engineering, and exploiting weak server security. They can either steal or encrypt your data.

2.   Natural Disasters

Beyond an annoying power outage, natural disasters can destroy an entire IT infrastructure. Flooding, wind damage, earthquakes, and even looting after a disaster can present huge losses for your company.

3.   Fire

Fires can leave buildings completely inaccessible, not to mention the possible loss of life. Unlike flooding, where it might be possible to wade through water to recover hardware or documents, fire can render structures dangerous to enter or destroy them completely.

4.   Unexpected Emergencies

Unfortunately, not every eventuality can be anticipated. A disgruntled employee stealing data, a car crashing into your building, or an employee accidentally deleting crucial files can each lead to critical losses.

Crafting Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Preparing your business for a disaster takes careful planning. You’ll want to create a strategy that accounts for:

1.   Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives

Recovery point objectives (RPO) measure the amount of data that can be lost in recovery efforts, which is affected by how often data gets backed up. Recovery time objectives (RTO) estimate the time between the initial disaster and when standard operations can resume.

2.   Roles and Responsibilities

Look at your org chart to determine who needs to take on specific duties during the recovery process. Establish an accountability chart within the company and make sure that all team members are fully equipped for their duties.

3.   Backups

Data must be backed up, of course, but adding in off-site or cloud-based backups can keep your data from being reliant on your company’s servers to exist.

4.   Test Everything

Test your plan to make sure it works! Hardware and software need routine maintenance to make sure that plans can be deployed quickly. Your plan should also feature scheduled drills to keep the protocols fresh for staff members.

5.   Hire a Managed Service Provider

Having IT professionals who can set up, monitor, and protect your IT infrastructure can remove the stress of disaster recovery.

Agilitec IT: Your Trusted IT Partner

Agilitec IT knows how to protect your data. Since 2007, Agilitec has partnered with businesses in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas to keep them safe and productive in the event of a disaster.

If you’re ready to stop worrying about cyberattacks and other threats to your data, contact the experts at Agilitec today!