Like it or not, disasters do happen. Your data could be wiped out in an instant by fire, human error or a cybersecurity attack, to name just a few possibilities. Unfortunately, you’ll never be able to 100% disaster-proof your business, but what you can do is prepare for the worst. If your business computer server died, a good disaster recovery plan could minimise the damage to your business and have you back up and running before any real harm is done.
A disaster recovery plan is a structured approach to get your business back up and running in the event of an IT disaster. It’s part of your overall Business Continuity Plan and applies to all areas of the company that use IT. Without a plan in place, your data could be gone forever, causing irreparable damage to your business.
We’ve put together a list of the most common disaster recovery mistakes to look for so that you can avoid them and successfully protect your data.
The best type of disaster recovery plan is one that you never need. Human error accounts for 47% of IT disasters, so failing to train your team properly is a big mistake. Ensure that your staff receive regular and relevant IT training to keep their knowledge up-to-date and avoid mishaps.
We all know that we should backup our data, but how well do you protect those backups?
Local backups – AKA backups stored on-site – are fast and convenient, but they’re also vulnerable to ransomware and threats such as fire as flooding. Your data is much safer when stored offsite, so Cloud storage is an essential part of your DRP. Here are the two ways in which our Cloud backups protect your data:
With Aspect IT’s Online Backup Service, data is encrypted and stored off-site within multiple high-security servers.
Server Imaging offers the best of both worlds. Data is stored locally for fast recovery and replicated off-site for comprehensive disaster protection. Server imaging also comes with the added bonus of backing up pretty much everything, including programs and applications!
Backing up your data frequently keeps your losses to a minimum. If your last backup is too old to be useful, you’re in hot water. Losing a week’s worth of data could be devastating for your business. This is why it’s important to automate your backups so that they’re as regular as clockwork. For some businesses, simple daily backups will suffice, whilst others may require a more custom schedule. Aspect IT’s backup services allow you to create a timetable that suits your needs.
Complacency is rarely a good thing, and being complacent about your disaster recovery plan could prove fatal for your business. IT is an ever-changing field and so your plan needs reviewing at least twice a year. On top of this, personnel changes, equipment upgrades, new regulations and business growth all impact how well your disaster recovery plan will work.
An outdated plan won’t be much help to you if disaster strikes, so take time to review it regularly and make adjustments where necessary.
At Aspect IT, we provide cost-effective IT solutions to prepare your business for any eventuality. Our data backup services can be scaled and tailored to fit the ever-evolving needs of your business and we’ll help you to develop a disaster recovery plan. Get in touch with us now to find out more.