Blog: Best Practices For Planning And Managing Disaster Recovery

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No matter how much governments invest in trying to minimise disasters these are occurrences that cannot be controlled.  The next emergency could create havoc for your business unless you have a proper disaster recovery system in place.

A disaster can be a number of things.  From a natural disaster with might damage the servers were your data is stored, to a cyber attack.  In any case, data is central to your operation, which means that losing it might impact your business considerably.  Can you imagine losing all your financial history, or all your client database? How long would it take you to rebuild it?  Worse still, would you be able to rebuild the data?

How to plan for disaster?

A best practice for planning and managing any kind of disaster is to be prepared; it is ideal for the manager to maintain procedures, policies and tools that will assist once disaster strikes; making sure there is a plan B to keep the business central functions active whilst trying to recover. ons.

Crisis simulation and wargaming.  A company that is experienced in handling disaster recovery strategies can simulate scenarios that highlight issues a deficiencies that need to be tackled.  They will also have proven solutions that will minimise disruption when and if disaster strikes.

How to manage a disaster.

This is a very complex discussion, and is very dependant on the organisation, since types of data, systems etc vary from one organisation to another.

An experience disaster recovery professional will discuss with all the functions of the company, such as operations, finance, marketing and HR to decide on a way forward, and priorities.  A strategy is essential in order to minimise disruption.

It is important to monitor the crisis communication by providing guidance for the stakeholders, also managing social media channel to communicate with the mass public.

Although there are a number of options to work on when disaster strikes, it is better to be prepared than having to panic to try and minimise damage.  Data is central to any business.  By losing all or part of thei data a business risks losing its most impirtant asset.

Intertek Labs can assist you with your disaster recovery.