As the Northeast experiences another hit of unexpected snowfall, it is only instinct to think about the risks that these natural occurrences can cause. As children, we would go to bed dreaming of waking up and seeing nothing but white so we can have another round of delays and cancellations. But as we got a little older, it is now a sight that can make us cringe and think about the negative effects. As Managed IT Service Providers, we don’t have snow days and the unexpected snow storms can wreak havoc on clients’ IT environments. It is important to be prepared for when they do.
If you don’t already have a concrete plan in place, it is time to re-evaluate. During storm Jonas, major areas in the Eastern Seaboard received unexpected snow accumulations that resulted in power outages, powerful wind gusts, and many more different kinds of issues. Many organizations recognized the room for improvement in their disaster recovery solution and proactively improved and increased responsiveness in the case of a disaster. Is your disaster recovery plan Jonas-tested and safe from any kind of natural disaster, user error, or attack?
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Have you documented what a disaster scenario would be?
You can never be too thorough when it comes to disaster recovery planning. The most common type of disaster that an organization can face is actually human error and then followed by hardware or system malfunctions. But let’s not forget about natural disasters too – power outages, snow, flooding, etc..
Have you defined all the risks that would create a disaster?
In the case of storm Jonas, the risk of the storm was thousands of business systems going offline as a result of a power outage. There are many other different threats though that you must be worried about – insider threats, phishing emails, and ransomware.
Have you calculated the impact on business?
It is important to know the impact of threats on your organization. Different IT environments have varying levels of susceptibility to threats. If you don’t have a cloud data disaster recovery solution in place the impact could be crucial. If your organizations encounters a power outage and the server and local backup fails – your data can’t be recovered. If your organization would have had a cloud disaster recovery solution in place, there is a less risk for data loss.
Do you have a cloud computing disaster recovery solution strategy – with clear RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery point objective)?
RTO is a benchmark indicating how quickly data must be recovered to ensure business continuity following a disaster. RPO is a benchmark indicating which data must be recovered in order for normal business operations to resume following a disaster. It is important that once you have a strategy that you are running tests to make sure everything is working properly.
Disasters can happen at any time – it is important to make sure that you are fully prepared. It’s time to go back and revisit your current plan and make sure everything is up-to-date. If you don’t have a plan, time is wasting. Stop making those snowmen and get in contact with your local backup and disaster solution provider today.
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