Disaster Recovery Planning

If Disaster Strikes, How Fast Could Your Company Be Back Up And Running?

You hear it all the time from us—back up your data, keep your virus protection current and install and maintain a firewall to protect yourself from hackers and other online threats. However, while these precautions will certainly help you avoid problems, they CAN’T do anything if you don’t have a good backup and disaster recovery plan in place. Of course, just having a good backup while a good first step, it is by no means planning for a disaster.

12 Disaster Recovery Questions You Need To Answer

A disaster recovery plan doesn’t have to be complicated, time consuming or expensive. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you back up your company’s data daily to both an onsite and offsite location? 
  2. Are you absolutely certain that your backup copy is valid, complete and not corrupt?
    How do you know for sure? Do you test regularly? 
  3. If disaster strikes, HOW would you get your data back, and how would you survive
    while your data is being restored? 
  4. Do you have copies of all the software licenses and disks in a safe location that could be
    accessed if you need to rebuild your server? 
  5. Do you routinely download your data from all 3rd party cloud applications just in case
    they go out of business or close your account? 
  6. Would you and your employees have a way to access your network remotely if you
    couldn’t get to the office? 
  7. Do you store important passwords in a secure place that company officers can access if
    you are unavailable? 
  8. Do you have documentation on your network that details all the devices, workstations,
    laptops and software licenses you own? 
  9. If your IT guy wasn’t available, do you know how to access your server, backups and
    other critical IT systems? Would anyone? 
  10. Do you have a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) device in place to keep your network
    and other critical data operations running during a power outage? 
  11. If your phones are down, where will you forward your business calls so you don’t lose
    that business? 
  12. If a more common “disaster” occurs, such as server hardware failure, do you have an
    onsite way to get back up and running the same day?

Contact Us to discuss your Disaster Recovery options.