A data disaster can strike from virtually anywhere, be it a natural disaster, hardware failure, database breach, or theft. While you can never be fully insulated from the unpredictable, proactively planning for the worst case scenario could save your business. Here are some things to consider doing before a data disaster strikes:

Establish a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

DRP lays out processes and procedures your company will follow to protect and recover an IT infrastructure from a disaster. Having Documentation in place of these procedures before real disaster happens is crucial.¬†Once this is in place, you’ll also want to…

Establish a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

A BCP goes hand-in-hand with a DRP and is just what it sounds. A framework that enables your business to continue its operations in the event of a disruption. BCPs outline things like team roles and responsibilities in the event of a disaster. It also tells you how your business will notify customers and employees. Finally, it will tell your employees where they can work from if your physical office is damaged.

Backup your data. And then back it up somewhere else

You never plan to go to the emergency room, but having health insurance makes you feel somewhat better about it. Backing up data is kind of like that. You never want to rely on your backups, but there is some comfort knowing they are there. It’s important to back up your data in multiple places. This minimizes the risk of a fire or flood wiping out everything stored at a physical location.¬†Finally, with the rise of cloud services, you will have one less thing to worry about. By using the cloud, virtual servers will store your data.

Share policies and processes with employees

The best intentions will go unnoticed if your disaster processes aren’t effectively communicated with your employees. Be sure to give employees these policies. They also need to be stored on a company intranet. Developing employee training will also be a viable option to ensure a disaster’s immediate aftermath doesn’t involve an extensive Q&A session.

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