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Data Recovery Tips When Preparing For A Natural Disaster

Businesses need to prepare for any contingency including natural disasters. A disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan should be on every business’ top “to-do” lists. Your business depends on three things; the accessibility of your documents, the security of your documents and the storage of your documents.

Both small and large businesses need to be smart about how they deal with and store their documents. End of the year and of the quarter are good times to update and go over your company’s disaster recovery plan. Your data recovery plan should have the following components.

  • Requirements for Uptime Recovery Time Objectives (RTO)
  • Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Changes in technology and the implementation of cloud based data solutions should be one of the first steps to consider when updating a data protection program. You will need to stay on top of the changes in order to both secure existing data streams and allow for new applications.

When you are facing a natural disaster is not the optimal time to start thinking about data recovery. You need a checklist and to continually think about data recovery as part of your disaster recovery plan. Asigna has 10 point enterprise disaster recovery planning checklist. Their 10 point disaster recovery checklist is primarily for big companies but smaller organizations can also benefit from having a disaster recovery plan.

Physical Assets-Storage considerations-Tip #1

Your first concern is for your physical assets. Hard drives can be adversely affected by water and fire. You also have to consider damage from earthquakes. Your storage considerations should include:

  • A cloud based solution to holds your data remotely in securely in status
  • Emergency power for critical data systems
  • Geographic location of physical locations and data centers
  • Local and remote backup facilities

Networked Assets- Security considerations-Tip #2

When preparing for a natural disaster you do have to consider data security. Data breaches can happen when data is not handled properly. Damage to your network can hamper your communications. You should make sure that your alternative data centers are secure by making sure they are:

  • Password protected
  • Have security firewalls and are compliant with security regulations

Disaster recovery as a service (DRSAS) plans are available for businesses to use.

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