A functional and viable disaster recovery plan prevents your organization from going out of business if a natural disaster takes place. Other than helping you stay afloat, it helps you avoid any loss of revenue, loss of data, instability, damaged reputation, and reduced employee productivity.
Over the past many years, DRP has also emerged into a regulatory requirement that makes your business entity more credible and gives you a competitive advantage.
Here are some of the critical elements of an effective DRP:
A disaster recovery team
This is going to be your core team responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the disaster recovery plan. Make sure each team member is well aware of their individual roles, responsibilities, and duties. It always helps to have their contact information immediately available for emergencies.
This doesn’t mean you can summon the entire team when a data breach takes place. Identify who needs to be contacted and who doesn’t. However, the entire team should be informed whenever the data is at risk.
Specify storage procedures
Make sure you’re clear on what your off-site backup and storage options are. The team should be well aware of what to back up, where to back up, how to perform the backup, and who should do it.
As a rule of thumb, all essential documents, applications, and equipment need to be backed up. Crucial documents include your financial statements, customer and employee data, future financial forecasts, minutes of meetings, inventory records, and vendor listings. At the same time, copies of purchase orders and checks should also be stored off-site.
Determine what’s important
Every disaster recovery plan has an aim. To understand why you need a DRP in the first place, think of the critical business processes. Please note that an effective disaster recovery plan is always focused on short-term survivability. It keeps your data safe while ensuring that revenue generation remains intact.
You always start with the basics and move up as you identify critical processes. Don’t focus on restoring the organization’s long-term functionality immediately, but at the same time, don’t delay processes like payroll either.
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