Some time ago, we wrote a couple of articles about why your business needs a Disaster Recovery Plan and how you could create one. But since it’s been a while and there is a lot of information to chew through, we thought we would save you some time by putting together the Ultimate Guide To DRP!
So, here it is:
Does My Business Need A Disaster Recovery Plan?
So before we go into the importance of DRP lets’ quickly recap.
What Is A DRP?
When it comes to your livelihood, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. After all, you insure your home, car and even office against the unenforceable, right?
A Disaster Recovery Plan Is an insurance policy for your business that will help keep your business operational if an unexpected incident would occur.
Here’s a quick recap on the importance of DRP…
DRP Importance In A Nutshell
Whether you walk into your office to find three feet of water or that your system has decided to throw a wobbly overnight, you’ll be prepared for any eventuality. Alongside natural disasters and technology meltdowns, a DRP also protects your business against human error.
Let’s face it; we’ve all made a ‘boo-boo’ at work. From accidentally clicking on that malicious web link to erasing ten years of sales figures, it happens!
However, if you have decided to safeguard your livelihood with a Disaster Recovery Plan, you can just let that sudden panic wash away. With your DRP securely in place, you’ll be able to revive all of your essential business data as well as all your recent files in a flash.
How To Set Up A Disaster Recovery Plan
Now that we have covered why your business needs a DRP, you may be starting to consider how you could go about getting a Disaster Recovery Plan up and running.
For those keen to give it a go themselves, we have put together a 5-Step DRP Set Up Guide below:
Step 1 – Consider ALL The Risks
When setting up your Disaster Recovery Plan, it’s vital that you take into consideration ALL of the risks at hand.
From freak weather conditions, unhappy staff-members and system meltdowns, each eventuality is possible, and they can leave your business in a vulnerable situation.
Make a list of all the worst case scenarios and how each would implicate your ability to get back on your feet.
Step 2 – Create Multiple Plans
As you start to compile your list of detrimental scenarios, you will also need to create an action plan for each eventuality.
Every risk requires a series of actions that will need to be carried out to safeguard or restore your premise and IT systems if a disaster was to strike!
For example, if your business were to be suddenly hit by a ransomware attack, you would need a plan that could be initiated immediately to help minimise the damage and recover data. In the event of a ransomware attack, your in-house IT department or Managed IT Support provider will need to be your first port of call.
Other Important Details To Include:
- Which individuals are responsible for carrying out the tasks.
- Nominate more than one staff member for each task to cover annual leave.
- Decide your back-up working environment.
- Include details on how you will communicate with your customers and suppliers.
- Don’t forget to include a realistic timescale to get back on your feet.
Step 3 – Put Your DRP To The Test
Testing your DRP is as vital as having one in place and doing so is actually a requirement under the new Data Protection Law, GDPR. So, give it a go, there’s no point spending valuable time putting together the perfect plan if it can’t deliver on the night.
Additionally, if a disaster was to hit, you and your staff will be prepared and confident that you can get things up and running soon.
Step 4 – Tackle The Road Blocks Along The Way
While outlining your Disaster Recovery Plan, you may have discovered a few roadblocks along the way. Whether you have realised your computer systems or IT security could do with a complete overhaul or that your backup processes aren’t as failsafe as they should be, now is the time to address these issues.
Step 5 – Don’t Rest On Your Laurels
Over time your business will change and develop, and so should you DRP. If you invest in some new technology or perhaps change the way you operate, and even when you take on new staff, you should revisit your DRP.
By doing so, you may identify new possible risks, so it’s always good to test your DRP from time to time.
That way, if disaster strikes, you’ll be prepared with a DRP that protects your business for any eventuality.
Need Our Help?
If you’re left feeling a little flustered about DRP, then get in touch with the team here at RoundWorks IT.
Collectively, we have created more DRPs than we’ve had hot dinners, so why not let us give you a hand!
With access to the latest backup and data storage solutions, we can keep your business-critical data safe and sound!
To find out more, call us on 0333 344 4645, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for an online chat.