The sky is falling! Why you need a disaster recovery plan

Disasters sound dramatic.

If your business is ever on the receiving end of one, you can believe the pain can be crippling. Some firms never recover.

The clock is ticking on your next big disaster.

Yet, some firms keep rolling the dice in an effort to save money.

Having no disaster recovery plan in place is inviting trouble.

What is a disaster recovery plan?

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented process or series of procedures that help recover and protect your firm’s IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster.

These disasters hurt your business

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  • Fire
  • Flood
  • COVID-19 or other pandemics
  • Earthquakes, cyclones, etc.
  • Cyberattacks
  • Software failures
  • Hardware failures
  • Human error
  • Power failures
  • Internet outages

Brutal results of no recovery plan

  • The average small business can expect to lose $100,000 worth of revenue in unplanned downtime every year
  • 70 percent of small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

And even though you may have made a copy of your data, the time it takes to restore those files can be crippling in terms of downtime to your business.

Over 50 percent of businesses can only handle one hour of downtime.

How to set up disaster recovery

Assessment

Understand what areas of your business are vulnerable and get a better idea of what protections are needed to be put into place.

Planning

Figure out the best course of action which works for you to help keep your business running.

Installation

Install and configure a BCDR (business continuity and disaster recovery) solution for your business, to ensure that you have verified backups, instant virtualisation, local and cloud recovery, and restore options for any scenario. All backups need to be scanned for ransomware and mounted to ensure they are ready to restore.

Training/Testing

Brief all relevant staff on the recovery processes. Do some thorough stress-testing and run-throughs.

Implementation

You’ll need support and assistance to ensure you are able to avoid costly downtime and lost data.

It can be overwhelming.

OneCloud IT Solutions is one such firm that helps small, medium and large businesses across the Central Coast put comprehensive plans in place.

Benefits of a disaster recovery plan

  • The loss is minor
  • It becomes a temporary problem
  • Business operations can be restored quickly
  • You can prevent legal liability
  • Improve your security
  • Saves money and protects profits

Contact OneCloud IT Solutions to start work on your recovery plan today and start future-proofing your business from the inevitable disasters.

Related links:

RE:NSW – Small Business Disaster Recovery Toolkit

NSW Small Business Commissioner: Building small business resilience