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The Best Ways To Improve A Disaster Recovery Strategy

November 10, 2022 No Comments

Featured article by Emily Roberts, Independent Technology Author

It’s exciting to think that a business can constantly be improved. Even if you’re proud of how far your enterprise has come, there’s always the next step to explore.

Still, the business bosses that make these decisions must be responsible, especially regarding their responses to firm-related disasters. After all, companies have been urged to bolster their cybersecurity, with fresh data revealing that nearly a third of firms are being hit by cyber-attacks weekly.

Malicious intentions from others or even bad luck can plunge tech infrastructure into chaos. Business continuity is essential during these turbulent times, and a robust disaster recovery strategy can help to keep things under control.

Keep reading to learn the best ways to improve a disaster recovery strategy.

Work with Third-Party Backup Services

When tech disasters strike, it can feel like an isolating time. Fortunately, it isn’t, especially if your critical response team consists of external experts. The Datto SaaS Protection can reliably backup Microsoft 265 and Google Workspace data, ensuring critical programs for business, email, and documents remain functional and protected. Key players in your disaster recovery strategy, services like these can help reverse the damage if your firm’s data ever becomes deleted, corrupted, or otherwise unusable. Their efforts ensure business continuity.

Disaster recovery strategies can be immensely challenging to see through alone. After all, you still have other areas of the business to run when these situations arise. By delegating some of the most important, skilled, and time-consuming tasks to the experts, you and your workers won’t get overwhelmed or let other areas of the business slip into decline.

Third-party services should be researched and established early as your firm’s safety net. That way, when disaster recovery is required, they can launch straight into solutions and quickly mitigate damage to your company. Help is always needed in business, so always have a list of contacts and connections for when you’re most in need.

Conduct a Risk Assessment

Robust responses to business-related disasters can only be achieved if a thorough risk assessment has been conducted. The findings of these internal reviews can inform the framework of your firm’s response to chaos.

Audit your firm’s data and determine whether it’s as secure as possible. Is the software updated to its most recent version? Has your firm enabled multi-factor authentication to access key data? Is the cloud service provider you’re working with among the best in the business? What does your IT inventory look like?

It’s important not to be exclusively introspective during the risk assessment too. For example, you’ll also need to consider your clients, vendors, and partners. Often, your data is also their data, and you should consider how they’ll be affected by any potential disasters. Communication channels will also need to be kept open with them. The situation can be far worse if they’re unhappy with your firm’s response to these challenges. Depending on the situation, they may take their business elsewhere or even launch legal proceedings if you have mishandled their data.

Provide Clear Step-by-Step Documentation

Disaster recovery strategies should be very procedural. These efforts should be clearly outlined in documents so workers can follow instructions without confusion. There’s no room for improvisation. The documents should provide clarity to workers on what’s expected of them. It can detail the responsibilities of each role, remote data storage alternatives, estimated recovery times, and hardware and software inventory. There’s a lot to cover, so the more succinct the presentation of the document, the better.

It’s a simple point, but using basic language is also in your firm’s best interests. Even the most innocent uses of jargon and buzzwords can cause frustration among employees and cause things to become lost in translation. Everybody needs to understand the disaster recovery strategy on the first read, so straightforward communication is best.

Once it’s written, store the disaster recovery documentation in several places. A secure cloud server can be utilised, flash drives and USBs can be used, and printouts could also be given out to workers. The idea is to have multiple copies of the recovery strategy when disaster strikes and not be too dependent on any one solution. Ensure each version is securely stored.

Keep Everything Under Review

An obvious but essential factor is that your disaster recovery strategy should be constantly reviewed. Improvements should be somewhat regular rather than rare.

Think about the speed at which industries evolve. New staff are recruited that influence business standards. Fresh iterations of the cloud frequently materialise. Updates add fresh features to cybersecurity software Hackers adopt new motivations and techniques when trying to steal your data. Any of these factors should spur you into tweaking your disaster recovery strategy.

In the end, it’s important not to keep your disaster recovery strategy in a dusty filing cabinet or a seldom-used cloud server until it’s needed. Encourage your employees to keep being mindful of these standards and to pitch their suggestions and contributions (some may have useful experience to speak of). Impress that your disaster recovery strategy is constantly subject to improvement.

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