You know the benefit of a disaster recovery plan and hopefully, you have one in place (if not, you need to contact us!). However, the work doesn’t stop there. A lot needs to happen after you finalize your plan in order for it to continuously work effectively and benefit your organization in the event of a disaster. Be sure you are doing the following in order to maximize its benefit:
Communicate and continuously educate
Be sure that everyone within your organization knows that a disaster recovery plan exists and where to find it. Continuously ensure employees are educated and trained regarding their specific roles in the event of a disastrous event.
Store it offsite
A disaster recovery plan will only be effective if it can be located when it’s needed. Store at least one copy of your documentation digitally or offsite.
Test the plan frequently
If you’re similar to most organizations, it’s likely been awhile since you last tested your disaster recovery plan. To ensure your procedures work effectively, they should be tested with regularity.
Learn from your drills
When you get to a point where you are testing frequently, always review the results of your drills, looking for areas of opportunity and improvement.
Don’t be afraid to make changes
Your disaster recovery plan should be ever evolving. As you uncover areas of opportunity resulting from your test drills, as your business grows or as technology advances, don’t be hesitant to make updates or changes to the procedures you have in place. It’s a good idea to schedule a drill relatively soon after major changes are made to ensure they are clear and effective.
Data is one of your business’ most important assets and disaster recovery should be treated as an investment in the future success of your organization. Working with a technology solutions professional can guarantee you have the most effective disaster recovery procedures in place and ensure that in the wake of a catastrophe, you’re covered.
Contact Warwick to learn more about our disaster recovery and business continuity solutions.