Preventing disasters from happening in the first place is the ideal scenario. Many steps can be taken on a daily basis to minimize the likelihood of a disaster, but sometimes data loss is unavoidable. In case of a total loss of data access, our disaster recovery service can help. While you are working to keep your business running, we will be hard at work restoring vital IT functions. Before a disaster ever strikes, whether it is from natural, technical or human causes, a plan will be in place that can be set into motion when it is needed the most.
There is a certain time frame that begins when systems go down that a business can still be operational. If IT services are not back up and running within a certain amount of time, business may no longer be able to carry on as usual. We understand that time is the most expensive resource in business and it is important that we reach your recovery time objective. We will work with your operations personnel to discover what this time frame is in advance and set up a procedure to meet that goal in case of a disaster.
Disaster can be classified as a result of a few main categories. These categories classify disasters as natural, technological and human. A natural disaster is a threat that is caused by severe weather events or health epidemics. Technological hazards can include anything from system failure to explosions to utility disruptions. Threats to security or operations that are caused by humans can include cyber attacks, sabotage and assailant attacks. Each of these threat classifications can be mitigated and resolved and operations recovered.
It is a time and money saving practice to have a plan in place to deal with different types of threats to IT and business continuity. A good disaster recovery plan integrates preventative, detective and corrective measures against a threat. It is also important that this recovery plan is practiced and tested to make sure that it can be effective in a crisis situation.
A recovery planner refers to the business metrics and time allowed when coming up with a good recovery plan. This planner will select their strategy based on the key functions and infrastructure of the business and the time frame that systems must be restored in order to maintain business operations. If a plan is not properly orchestrated, the impact of a disaster can become more damaging. Things that affect power supply such as surge protection and generators fall under these planning strategies. Anti-virus software and local systems backup are other keys to creating a working strategy. Ultimately, a great recovery plan will begin with preventative measures.