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WHAT IS AN IT DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN?

And does my organisation need one?

An IT Disaster Recovery Plan is a comprehensive proposal outlining the procedures and processes an organisation will follow to recover and restore its IT systems and infrastructure in a cyber-attack.

No matter the size of the organisation, every business should have an IT disaster recovery plan.

WHY INVEST IN AN IT DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN?

The goal of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan is to minimise downtime and data loss and ensure the continuity of critical IT services after a disruptive event, allowing your organisation to work through an attack should one happen.

An IT disaster recovery plan also safeguards your business data, thus protecting your employees, clients and other stakeholders. Depending on the nature of your business, a disaster recovery plan may also enhance customer confidence.

IT DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN WITH iNREACH

At iNREACH, we can assist you when creating your IT disaster recovery plan. We specialise in all areas of IT and security, making disaster recovery part of our service offering.

Contact us today if you require support with your IT disaster recovery plan.

WHAT IS AN IT DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN – KEY COMPONENTS 

Key components of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan typically include:

Risk Assessment

During the risk assessment phase, we start by identifying potential risks and threats to IT systems, such as natural disasters, cyberattacks, hardware failures, or human errors. We also analyse the current security system and suggest alterations and upgrades accordingly.

Business Impact Analysis

Impact analysis involves evaluating the potential impact of disruptions associated with IT disasters on business operations. This could include financial losses, operational downtime, and damage to the organisation’s reputation.

Recovery Objectives

Here, we establish specific recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives for different IT systems. This includes the maximum acceptable downtime and the maximum acceptable data loss. This helps us to determine the level of security required.

Backup and Recovery Procedures

Provide information on backup strategies for critical data and systems, including the frequency of backups, storage locations, and data restoration methods.

In the event of an IT disaster, you will be relying on backup and recovery data, so the data you have must be sufficient.

Technical Recovery Procedures

Your IT disaster recovery plan should provide step-by-step instructions for recovering IT systems, applications, and data. This includes information on hardware and software requirements, system configurations, and dependencies. The more detailed this section is, the quicker you can recover elements of your IT system and get back to business as usual.

Testing and Maintenance Procedures

To ensure effectiveness, you should regularly test your disaster recovery plan through simulations or drills.

Training and Awareness

To ensure your IT disaster recovery plan is effective, you should provide training for relevant personnel on their roles and responsibilities. Raising awareness about the importance of following the disaster recovery plan is also important.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

An effective IT Disaster Recovery Plan is critical to an organisation’s overall business continuity strategy. Contact us today for more information or to discuss your IT Disaster recovery plan.

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