Will you be ready if disaster hits?All organizations are dependant upon multiple applications and vital data. Yet every area in the country is subject to some kind of disaster – flood, hurricane, earthquake, ice storm, and landslide, to name a few. Even man-made disasters – gas explosion, civil unrest, fire, etc. – can be devastating.
Uncontrollable threats have become a real eye opener lately and many companies are putting serious consideration into a disaster recovery plan.
The best time to respond to a disaster is before it happens and while planning for contingencies is never a cheap process, it certainly doesn't have to break the bank. A relatively small investment of time and money now may prevent severe damage and disruption of life and business in the future.
Here are some key questions to ponder:
What if the worst happened, how would your business be affected? Would your business survive if it were closed down for weeks or even months?
What data do you want to protect?
What could you absolutely not survive without?
What if there was a prolonged power outage? What power backups are available?
What if your key suppliers or shippers were shut down?
Where will you store your backup information?
What if the local phone service were disabled?
What steps have you taken to ensure users will be able to access systems as soon as possible?
Have you assigned key responsibilities to your Disaster Recovery team?
How does your help desk fit into the disaster recovery plan?
Does your organization's disaster recovery plan address communicating with end users to keep them in the loop?
Have you discussed Disaster Recovery plans with other departments in your organization?
Is your insurance adequate to get your business back in operation?
Do you understand what is covered and what is not?
Can you pay creditors, employees, and your own needs during a prolonged shutdown?
How long can you survive if your business is shut down?
Remember, the key to a good Disaster Recovery plan starts by understanding your current state, reducing your risks, and planning for effective recovery.
Ensure your disaster recovery and security plan is thorough, proven and most of all, ready when you need it!
Forvan Technology Services Inc specializes in helping businesses plan for disaster. We would be pleased to help. For more information please contact us today!
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