What to Include in Your IT Recovery Plan
A disaster IT recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process used to recover and protect technology infrastructure in an event of a disaster. Most businesses in today’s day and age, depend on functioning technology in order to operate. Having a plan in place is not only smart but critical to the growth and positive impact of your business.
Here at GoTech, we understand the technology challenges that organizations face—especially when it comes to disaster recovery and data protection. Read on to get our tips on putting together a business continuity plan to protect your technology, data and business!
IT disasters can come in many forms:
- Weather-related storms/natural disasters
- Accidental breakage
- Data breach
- Security failure
- Power outages
- Catastrophic equipment failure
- Plus, many others
Why your business needs an IT recovery plan in the first place
- Minimize risk and downtime
- Eases decision making during a disaster
- Reduces stress in the working environment
- Assurance for reliability
- Avoid brand reputation damage
IT recovery strategies
Some areas of your business may not tolerate any downtime. It’s important to understand what hardware and software is imperative to the operation of your business when putting together your disaster recovery plan.
The best way to determine these areas within your business is to conduct a risk assessment. This will allow you to identify what the critical systems and functions are as well as their optimal recovery times. Your recovery strategy should define the action plan—showing you how you will respond when an incident occurs.
Create an IT disaster recovery plan
While every business uses technology differently, we have a few basic tips to help you get started:
- Establish a planning committee
- Compile Inventory: hardware, servers, wireless devices, etc.
- Identify the software needed to run backups
- Automate regular backups of critical data
- Prioritize the order of system restoration
- Document your plan
- Test your plan repetitively to make sure it works!
An unmatched sense of security
Imagine making confident business decisions or conducting regular tasks without critical information, emails, or reports. Impossible right? Having an IT recovery and data protection plan in place takes away the worry of data loss.
We’re here to ensure not only your backups are running smoothly, but also proactively monitoring your backup process. Our technicians are ready to jump in and take action should any problems come your way.
Direct IT support
GoTech IT Solutions is a local IT consulting firm offering managed services, IT backups and recovery services for businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin, Eastern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.