Information is power, and companies that require services of Information Technology (IT) or have a department of their own in the company must have a recovery plan in case a disaster happens.
Accidents are inevitable and at one point may lead to loss of extensive information of the company. A disaster recovery plan will be there to pick up the pieces and make sure the transitioning is swift.
Here are ten tips that a brilliant disaster recovery plan should entail:
- A Response Team
You should have a team that you can count on to respond at any time to bring the system back online.
- Determine your systems weak links
This will help you to identify the areas that are at high risk and prone to threats. Thus, you will have to reinforce these areas
You will have to consider which areas are more urgent to repair than the rest. May it be the manufacturing process, email retrieval or website reconstruction, you will have to have a plan of which starts first.
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
RPO determines the maximum data that is supposed to be backed up and the frequency. For instance, a company that deals with sales will require its data to be stored every second to avoid losing any sale.
- Make a written manual
A manual that encompasses a stepwise plan for disaster recovery process will reduce the pressure on you and your response team.
- Disaster Recovery Plan test
Your plan should not be only in theory; you should test it to know the areas you need to improve on.
- Availability of the Backup Resources
The resources that you will require for the recovery process should easily access.
- Safety of our programs
A detailed list of your software programs will help you not forget any of them during recovery.
- A network map
An up-to-date network diagram is essential to prevent cases of getting lost or misplacement of the system’s constituents.
- Use of Virtual machines
Virtual machines like VMware will increase and improve efficiency, unlike physical servers