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The Importance of Having an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

March 11, 2016

When important or confidential business data is stolen or destroyed, whether due to a natural disaster or a break-in, it can have detrimental effects on company functionality. Without its valuable data, your business may not be able to operate for hours or even days, causing profit loss and unhappy customers.

In order to minimize these negative effects and keep business running as usual in the face of an IT catastrophe, organizations need to create and follow a disaster recovery plan. Don't have one for your business? Not to worry – Alura Business Solutions is here to give you the scoop on how to make one.

We'll start off with the basic definition of an IT disaster recovery plan. Essentially, it is a comprehensive plan to be put into action prior to, during and following an IT disaster. In order to make sure the plan is effective, we highly recommend testing it thoroughly and writing it out step-by-step so anyone can follow it. As for the actual steps of the plan, we suggest that your business:

  1. Determine who will be in charge of implementing the plan in the event of a disaster. This team should represent all departments and consist of employees who are dedicated to overseeing the plan's development and execution.
  2. Analyze risks. In order to decide what your company needs to focus on protecting during a crisis situation, it's essential to foresee what may be affected by disasters. After this is done, you can categorize these items based on their importance. Label each one as “essential,” “important” or “non-essential” and delegate who will take care of maintaining each one.
  3. Create a list of essential data. In preparing for disasters that may restrict access to your systems, it's wise to construct an inventory of business information, details about customers, company policies, important phone numbers, etc.
  4. Outline the procedures in writing. Once you and your coworkers have worked out the details of your business's IT disaster recovery plan, you should type it out in an organized manner that can be read and understood by everyone at the company. In addition to the specific steps to be taken for disaster recovery, you should also include procedures for updating the plan in the future as your business grows or changes.
  5. Do a trial run. The final step of creating a good disaster recovery plan is to test it for efficiency. By trying the plan out before a real catastrophe occurs, you'll be able to adjust it and make it more effective at protecting your company's precious resources.

By forming a detailed IT disaster recovery plan and testing it ahead of time, your organization will be in a much better place should an emergency situation ever occur.

Call On Alura for IT Management Services in Lehigh County

If you're ready to be proactive by creating an IT disaster recovery plan for your business, the professionals at Alura can help. To do so, we'll use our expertise in Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, which is one of our most popular Lehigh County IT management services. Plus, we'll offer you all of the following additional IT management services in Lehigh County to keep your business secure and functional:

  • Network Monitoring & Maintenance
  • Compliancy Management
  • Mobility Management
  • Managed IT Consulting

Interested in finding out more about Alura and why we're known for IT management services Lehigh County companies can benefit from? Give us a call today at 844-558-7200. Additionally, head over to our blog to learn about how Alura's Lehigh County IT security services can help your organization make a seamless transition to virtual file storage. And if you're seeking information technology services in Lehigh County, simply visit our website to find out what we offer. Thanks for keeping up with Alura!

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