What is disaster recovery?
In short, disaster recovery is a plan that will enable your business to recreate its IT infrastructure and its data in the event that is lost or destroyed in a catastrophic event.
What constitutes a disaster: A disaster can be natural (power outage, hurricane, flood, fire), a hacker attack or a major human error. It can affect one person or your entire network.
Is disaster recovery important: Disaster recovery planning important. Disaster recovery services will minimize damage and prevent a complete loss of infrastructure and data. Organizations with a secure and practiced plan in place are much more likely to survive a crisis without being forced to spend tons of money and time to try and rebuild their IT infrastructure and get their data back.
How important is a disaster recovery plan: Well, according to a study recently conducted by the Gartner Group, 40% of businesses that lose their data in a disaster go out of business within 5 years. That’s almost half of all businesses. And, the number of organizations reporting losses of more than $10 million per outage incident is up 75% from just two years ago.1 Finally, International Data Corporation estimates that companies lose an average of $84,000 for every hour of downtime.
Questions to ask potential disaster recovery plan providers:
- Are your disaster recovery solutions should be PCI & HIPAA compliant? (The answer should be YES – especially if you are in the healthcare, financial or legal fields.)
- What is your average recovery time? Discuss your needs/expectations and make sure they match your vendor’s capabilities.
- What can you recover? Be sure that you’re 100% clear on what information this company can recover for you. Also make sure you fully understand what, if anything, will be required on your end to make the recovery process successful.
- Have you been successful with companies like mine in the past? Ask for case studies, testimonials and references. These will prove to you that this company can provide what you’re looking for and that your relationship will be successful. A good company will not only have these, they’ll be happy to share.
- What support options do you offer? If you need emergency support after hours will someone be able to help you? If disaster strikes at 2 AM will someone be able to help you immediately?
- What are your testing options? Trust but verify — while you should trust your disaster recovery solutions provider fully, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Will you be able to test out exactly what what will happen in the event of a disaster? Make sure you know exactly what steps you’ll have to take and what you’ll have to manage in order for your recovery to be successful. Then, make sure every one in your organization knows what will be required of them. Ask if you can a dry run to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Still not convinced your organization needs a disaster recovery plan? Check out these stats:
1 – 11th Annual Security Survey Whitepaper, 2013, CSO Security and Risk
Infographic stats: http://iosafe.com, www.itispivotal.com
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