IT Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared?
The word “disaster” can mean many different things to many different people. In the world of business, however, a disaster refers to some unforeseen circumstance or situation that interrupts normal work operations. Naturally occurring events such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, as well as other crises such as data breaches and pandemics can cause a business to shift into disaster recovery mode. But how are you supposed to respond to such a thing?
With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, organizational leaders around the world are left asking themselves if they are prepared to deal with the fallout of hindered, or even halted, business activities. Employees may need to stay home due to illness or to take care of a loved one. Shipments from other states or countries may be delayed due to the lack of workforce. When the workflow breaks down, time is lost, and time is money.
Implementing an IT Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is key to overcoming these sorts of unexpected obstacles. Having a clearly defined list of to-do items not only keeps business flowing smoothly, but it puts employees who are afraid of repercussions from missing work (in the case of an outbreak) at ease. Every organization requires different criteria in its plan based on the type of work it performs, its workforce, and the necessary technology to keep production moving. However, some items of note remain relatively the same across the board, such as identifying where your most valuable assets are, keeping track of employees, and knowing when to execute IT backup plans.
When an incident such as a data breach occurs, the IT department should have a backup solution in place ready to go at a moment's notice. Whether it includes using off-site storage or a cloud-based solution, this should be tested regularly to ensure a smooth transition.
If a disaster such as a pandemic arises, the business should have a list of items to fulfill to mobilize its workforce in case workers are unable to make it into the office due to illness or caring for a loved one. Utilizing VPNs, video conferencing, and mobile devices can keep employees' health at the forefront.
What plans does your business have in place in the event of a disaster? When a crisis strikes, be prepared for the unexpected. If your organization would like assistance with building an IT Disaster Recovery Strategy, please visit us at www.sgcomputersonline.com or call us at 508-444-0424