Disaster Recovery Plans

Many businesses ignore the creation of disaster recovery plans because they feel that they are too difficult and time consuming to create and would they be any use anyway?


For many businesses certain aspects of their activities can be easily dealt with by making sure that the IT systems are not only backed up properly, but are also accessible remotely in the event that the business is closed because of fire, flood, incident related closure.


The second item to consider is data security. That is, what would happen to the business if critical data e.g. accounts system, website, e-commerce system were lost or damaged or worse deleted by a disgruntled employee?


There are some very simple steps which can be taken even by small businesses, such as backing up data to the cloud. There are lots of systems such as Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive which come with software that does real time back ups or synchronisation of files between local computers and the cloud storage. These are a very cost effective and quick way of creating a first stage business continuity plan in that they get the critical data off the businesses premises. Just be careful with synchronisation as it will back up bad as well as good data and it is still possible for a disgruntled employee to delete files.


However, if you can organise backups to be accessible to work on remotely then this would also allow the benefit of being able to operate parts of the business e.g. accounts, sales in the event of the business itself being closed for a period.


Beyond this large system synchronisation can be performed during the night. Cleartarn uses this method to back up the web and e-commerce sites for its customers.


If you would like a detailed discussion about how you can create an effective disaster recovery plan, please contact us.

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