Disaster Recovery Plans

When your company experiences a power outage, server issues, or another problem that brings your operations to a standstill, does your team know how to respond? As a vital component of your business continuity plan, a disaster recovery plan prepares your company for unexpected issues that threaten to disrupt your revenue streams.
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What is included in a disaster recovery plan?

A disaster recovery plan includes all the information your team (or a third party IT team, like knit) needs to get your business back online after something major goes wrong. Depending on your infrastructure, your disaster recovery plan may include:

  • A list of critical servers, systems, and data your business needs to function
  • Backup policies to prevent information loss A backup testing policy to ensure backups are valid and usable
  • The amount of downtime your company is willing to accept as part of the disaster recovery process
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What types of businesses need a disaster recovery plan?

Any business which relies on technology systems to generate revenue and operate their company needs to have a disaster recovery plan as part of your business continuity plan. Your business needs a disaster recovery plan if you:

  • Store customer information and other data in a digital database
  • Have a company website which helps customers and other stakeholders interact with your business
  • Rely on the internet to accomplish daily tasks
  • Would have to halt your business operations if your company’s computers, tablets, smartphones, wired phones, or other digital devices suddenly stopped working
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How do you make a disaster recovery plan for a business?

Every business is unique, but the process of creating a disaster recovery plan is pretty straightforward. When we recently helped an environmental group develop their first business continuity plan, these were the steps we took:

  1. First, we worked with them to figure out how much time they could tolerate having their IT systems down before a disaster situation would impact their revenue generating activities.
  2. Based on these calculations, we developed a plan to back up and restore their systems within the acceptable downtime period.
  3. Then we implemented the preventative portions of their disaster recovery plan. The implementation included setting up backups for their IT systems both on-site and off-site, verifying those backups, and then testing the recovery procedures necessary for restoring all of their systems.

By establishing a business continuity plan,

  • Our client has protected their primary source of revenue.
  • This means they have secured an estimated $2.5 million in annual revenue for their business.
  • Having a disaster recovery plan in place also helps our client build trust with investors.
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