Disaster recovery plans are essential for any organization to protect data and maintain business operations in the event of a disaster or cyber-attack. This is a topic most chief information officer’s (CIO) face and it is very real. With the recent rise of cyber-attacks, how protected is your company?
What is disaster recovery?
Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization’s method of regaining access and functionality to its IT infrastructure because of various events. Most companies have some form of a DR plan in place, but is it enough? The fact is, downtime to operations costs companies’ money. DR plans must be in place to mitigate risk of data loss, which leads to profit loss.
How do I start a DR plan?
Plans must contain two main priorities: Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RPO is the maximum acceptable amount of data loss after a DR event. RTO is the amount of real time a business has to restore its processes (data/operations). Once these two objectives have been identified, a plan can be established.
What do I need in order to form a DR plan?
After the RPO and RTO are identified, you can use technologies such as off-site backups, remote replication to another office or co-location, or the cloud. Remember, your RPO and RTO will dictate which technology best fits your company’s needs.
Who can help?
Turn to professionals who are well-versed in planning, consulting and implementing technologies to achieve your company’s disaster recovery goals. If you have not had this conversation yet, the time is now and we can be there every step of the journey.