Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning: Be Prepared

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When an unforeseen circumstance leaves your digital files inaccessible, due to a power outage or a security breach, what will you do? Who are you going to call?

Well, it’s not Ghostbusters.

Hopefully, you’re prepared with Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) planning. DR helps your business manage data backups, data recovery processes and access information stored offsite. BC keeps the most important parts of your business running in the event of an emergency.

While these tools help prevent data from being lost or corrupted, there are a few key areas a business must analyze in order to learn about what is most important in the case of a disaster and how to plan accordingly.

These four areas are: People & Processes, Data & Documents, Compliance & Control, and Training and Testing.

Here is a short rundown of what you should know about each area when considering Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning:

People & Processes

Communication is vital. If disaster does strike, affected departments need to have a strategy in place for how they will be able to communicate and reach any outside parties that are directly or indirectly affected, such as customers and suppliers.

Data & Documents

Having your data stored in a central location, either on-premises or through the cloud, means if documents are inaccessible from one site, they can still be accessed from other sites and devices.

Compliance & Control

While DR and BC are invaluable systems for most businesses, they also can help your to stay in compliance with industry standards for important file storage. Not only can all files be stored electronically, but they are also accessible any time, anywhere, on any device and business rules can be implemented to ensure that you control who accesses your data.

Training & Testing

Understanding the costs of managing your DR and BC projects is essential for proper planning. Also, you need to calculate the cost of downtime in the event of emergency.

There’s more to read! This article was originally posted on Data Center Knowledge.