It can happen to anyone; it seems like an ordinary day at work, and then suddenly you can’t find or access the data you require from your storage banks. You then proceed to ask your in-house IT employee, and they’re scratching their head in wonder as well.
Rock-solid technologies and large corporations are by no means exceptions to the disasters intertwined within the web of Information Technology. There are, however, ways to guarantee a speedy recover should an unplanned IT failure occur. Here are the top 3 best practices that your business should take note in case of outages occurring in your in-house IT facility.
Know the Impact of the Loss
Bring together most, if not all the executives of the business to discuss what can be done if in case of an IT failure. Include the company’s accountant or the CFO, the IT staff, and other persons of value for the discussion. The main objectives of the meeting should include assigning all aspects of the business with financial value to critical business processes, functions, systems, and IT architecture. The persons involved in the discussion should also establish assets to IT Disaster Recovery professionals, such as those found in managed it services. Also, set expectations that there’s still a possibility that not all data can be recovered so the meeting should also cover how much data is acceptable to be lost.
Understanding the Risks Involved
Any function or system that lack protections or redundancies won’t have the necessary capabilities to quickly recover from IT outages. Identify these vulnerabilities during the meeting with company executives and place them inside a Risk Assessment document. As a rule of thumb, keep assessments as simple and as realistic as possible. Include possible threats such as flood, wildfires, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, and malware of different kinds.
Develop a Plan of Action
Of course, the discussion to prevent and recover IT disaster recovery shouldn’t just cover what can and can’t be lost during an IT outage. Recovery times and projected losses should have accompanying functions or programs with reputable technologies or managed services.
Don’t forget to document every step found in your recovery plan just in case the time does come when disaster strikes. The business shouldn’t feel lost when an IT outage occurs. Furthermore, don’t conduct the discussion only after the event already took place. Remember, prevention will always be better than cure, especially regarding the recovery of a company’s data banks