The Importance of Disaster Recovery and Backup Protocols
An IT disaster can have major impacts on your company. Financially, events such as IT hardware failure or a ransomware attack can be devastating due to the costs of extended downtime. Furthermore, your organization’s reputation and customer relationships may also be negatively impacted. Disasters can be caused by many different reasons, including an office fire or flood, or a cyberattack.
What are Disaster Recovery Protocols?
Disaster recovery protocols are plans that are designed to handle disaster situations. In events such as hardware failure or cybersecurity attacks, time is of the essence – the longer an issue goes unresolved, the more devastating and long-lasting its impacts. Therefore, it is important to plan out the steps that need to be taken should a disaster occur.
For a disaster recovery plans to be effective, it need to be thorough and extensive, covering myriad different situations, contingency plans, and clear strategies for resolution. In order to create a plan with this much detail, thorough audits of existing infrastructure to identify areas of vulnerability need to be conducted. While this risk analysis effort may seem time consuming and redundant, it is an essential aspect of ensuring that your IT infrastructure is protected at all times.
Why are backup plans important?
Backup and disaster recovery plans are an essential aspect of protecting your organization’s information. With an extensive backup procedure and protocols using off-site or cloud-based backup solutions, you can have the peace of mind that you will not be impacted by a sudden loss of important data. Should local copies of data be compromised, you have the ability to regain access to the information through the online backups. This ensures that the data that your customers entrust to your company are not lost following an IT incident. It is also essential that your team knows the procedures to access this off-site data should a disaster occur, to ensure that your organization is back up and running as quickly as possible.
Preparations for disaster situations
Panic is the worst mistake when handling a crisis situation. It leads to bad judgement and can quickly worsen the situation. With a disaster plan that has been thought out thoroughly prior to the event, you can reduce the likelihood of mistakes and misjudgments during the crisis. Instead, everybody would know what to do and who to escalate the issues to.
With proper backup protocols, data loss can be immediately remedied by copying the backed-up copies. With this, downtime can be significantly reduced, minimizing the financial and productivity costs. For backup systems using the cloud, remediation is immensely flexible, as your data can be accessed from anywhere as long as a secure connection to the internet is established.
Employing all of the above strategies indicates to your customers that your organization is trustworthy and reliable in terms of its data management. This can provide the peace of mind and trust that builds a strong customer relationship. GIGE Corporation can help your organization plan and execute its disaster recovery and backup protocols. Call us at +1 888 366 4443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today.