Sadly, 40-60% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is important to make sure your business is prepared for any threats, whether it be a cyber threat or a natural disaster. Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan prepares your business to weather the storm and reopen its doors if a disaster strikes according to Larry Burt of BizTech.
The first step in creating an effective disaster plan is to evaluate your business’s needs, requirement, budget, and IT landscape. Determine what information and technology is necessary for your company to function and identify what information needs to be backed up in case of an emergency.
Once you know what is necessary for your business to survive a crisis, start backing up information. Locate all company data and back it up in a secondary location. Many businesses choose to backup their data using a cloud service. If subscribing to a cloud service is financially reasonable for your company, it can ensure that valuable data can be accessed from anywhere. Setting up telework capabilities with mobile devices or cloud services establishes your employee’s ability to keep working even during a disaster.
Doing extensive evaluations and creating recovery plans can be very difficult, especially for small IT departments. However, there are services available to analyze your business and create a custom disaster plan.
Once your disaster plan is complete, make sure that the plan is dispersed to all essential employees and updated regularly. This will help prevent confusion if a disaster was to strike and keep your company up and running through any catastrophe.
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