While it’s nearly impossible to avert an oncoming disaster, businesses who are prepared will fare far better in the face of an unexpected problem like an infestation of malware. An IT disaster recovery plan can save your company time and money when things go wrong.
What is an IT Disaster Recovery Plan?
An IT disaster recovery plan is a documented set of procedures for recovering and protecting your business’ IT infrastructure in the event of a catastrophe. It allows your company to resume normal operations as soon as possible. The plan outlines steps to restart, reconfigure and recover a network.
- Identify preventive controls
- Develop recovery strategies
- Develop contingency plans
- Test plans
- Conduct training
- Continue to maintain and update the plan
The Benefits of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
1. Ensures Business Continuity
If 48 hours of network downtime is the most time your company can afford to lose, a recovery plan can make sure your business meets those expectations.
2. Risk Assessment
A complete recovery plan assesses a business’ potential risk factors, including:
- Sensitive data and information
- Communication infrastructure
- Access and authorization
- Physical work environment
- Internal and external communication
3. Saves Time and Money
If your business has ever experienced a network outage of any length, you know how much the lost hours impact the bottom line. The expenses of planning ahead are far less expensive.
4. Maps out Mitigation and Recovery
IT systems require hardware, software, data and connectivity to operate. If one component goes down, then the whole system may not run properly. As a result, businesses benefit from recovery strategies, including backup solutions, that anticipate the loss of one or more of them.
A disaster recovery plan is designed to map out mitigation and recovery scenarios that safeguard your business’ IT when you may need it the most.