Planning for the unknown is hard to do, but it’s the right thing to do to protect your business. We can’t stress it enough how important it is to be prepared ahead of time in case a disaster should strike. And we mean any kind of disaster from cyber attacks to software failure to natural disasters. Having a backup and disaster recovery plan provides team members with a proper recovery process to help keep business operations running as smoothly as possible in case something catastrophic should happen. Without a backup and disaster recovery plan your business could experience loss of valuable data and there could be a huge delay within your day to day operations. A backup and disaster recovery plan is necessary to protect a business, however, a common approach to recovery strategies is just to simply set one up and forget about it. This can become a problem as a backup and disaster recovery plan must be regularly updated to improve an organization’s chance of recovering from a disaster and maintaining business integrity.
Why Keep a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan Up-To-Date?
Adequate preparation for a disaster is the surest way of overcoming it. A lot of businesses do not recover from disaster because of lack of an effective plan. The importance of keeping your backup and recovery plan up-to-date is discussed below:
Manage New Resources
An updated backup and disaster recovery plan ensures that new business assets and resources are covered. Businesses change with time due to innovations or the acquisition of new technology. New hires and customer acquisition may also change a company’s data landscape necessitating a change in how a company’s data is processed.
Comply with New Regulations
Once in a while, new business regulations are enacted which mandates businesses to change the way they store client’s data. These changes may be incompatible with a business’ current backup and recovery plan. An up-to-date plan will protect a business from legal trouble by taking new laws into consideration.
Maintain Business Competitiveness
Businesses evolve. New players may enter a market and introduce superior techniques. There could also be a societal change in attitude towards a particular process or consumers may want more protection for their data based on latest technology and trends. An updated recovery plan will ensure that a business satisfies its customers’ data needs and maintain their loyalty.
Tips On Keeping Your Backup Up-To-Date
- Update Risk Assessments (RA) and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Appraising the BIA and RA of a disaster recovery plan is necessary to keep the plan up to date. BIA and RA help businesses determine the potential impact of an interruption to business assets and let them plan to minimize the consequences.
- Create a Simple and Accessible Disaster Recovery Plan
Any disruption to a business may significantly affect its operation and continuity unless there is a prior recovery plan. To be effective, a recovery plan must take into account all the critical assets that can be affected and have simple and clear rules that can be executed even by new team members. In addition, the plan should be made accessible to all stakeholders via various means including physical and web-based media.
Regularly Testing A Plan
It is easy for a business to feel a sense of security because it has a backup and disaster recovery plan in place. However, this is nothing but a false sense of security because the threat of data loss and of a disaster happening can change at any time. One way to ensure that a backup plan is reliable is by carrying out regular testing to determine the effectiveness of the plan. These type of tests will help a business recover in the event of a disaster.
Is Managed IT Services Necessary?
Small businesses have limited human and technology resources to maintain a robust IT department. Spending the time of IT team members who are already spread thin, and having them monitor a backup and disaster recovery plan may prevent in-house IT teams from performing other important functions. Managed IT services can help a business look after its backup and disaster recovery plan. And with the extensive experience and resources at their disposal, they can ensure that backup and recovery plan is kept up-to-date.
Quick recovery after a disaster is the most desired outcome for a business. This is why a backup and disaster recovery plan is necessary to ensure the success of a business continuity plan. But having a plan is not enough, it must be kept up-to-date to give a business the necessary protection it needs. For many small business owners, the task of keeping a backup and disaster recovery plan up-to-date is best assigned to a team of dedicated managed service providers. Feel free to contact SDTEK to learn more about our Managed Security Services and to see if our secureTEK plans are a good fit for your company.