It’s estimated that in 2016 UK business lost 149 million hours due to internet downtime with an estimated cost to the economy of approximately £12.3bn, writes Simon.
When you consider how much time and money could be lost through not having a proper IT recovery plan in place, it’s surprising and alarming that more businesses, whatever size they are, do not have a thorough tested plan in place.
IT systems can fail for numerous reasons from malicious attacks right through to environmental factors such as flooding and fire.
An IT disaster recovery plan is more than just having a backup - it’s about having comprehensive documentation with well-planned and tested actions. It should form part of the overall business continuity plan.
The main aims of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan are:
- Minimising disruption to the business operations
- Having reliable backup systems
- Ensuring a level of security
- The restoring of operations quickly
Disaster Recovery Team
For businesses drawing up a plan, we suggest putting in place a disaster recovery team to begin with which should be made up of core members of the organisation from the top down.
Risk Assessments and Business Impact Analysis
Risk assessments and business impact analysis then need to be undertaken for different scenarios. This should include all possible scenarios - environmental and manmade. The recent Weybridge Health Centre fire was a good example of a good IT disaster recovery plan in place - patients’ records were still able to be accessed securely despite the building completely burning down.
The organisation’s critical requirements will need assessing for the disaster recovery plan. This includes policies, procedure, documentation, data, services, processes, operations, vital resources. Based on priority, these should be categorised and ordered such as Essential, Important and Non-essential.
Economic Loss and Disruption
Developing a good IT disaster recovery plan will enable organisations to minimise potential economic loss and disruption to operations in the face of a disaster.
Get in touch today to see how we can help you with your IT Disaster Recovery Plan:
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