IT is imperative to every business big and small. Likewise, the infrastructure your company requires is critical to keeping business healthy and up and running. But faced with the challenge to do more with less, you may have decided to put some projects on the back burner. If disaster recovery is one of those projects, it’s probably time to start rethinking your masterplan, and with good reason.

Disaster recovery, and the associated process of data protection, have been identified as some of the most common challenges businesses face on a daily basis. As cybercrime continues to evolve, we’re faced with the reality of having to put a disaster recovery plan on the forefront of our minds and companies. With that being said, let’s dive into what you need to know about disaster recovery in IT.

Disaster Recovery: The Basics

Types of IT Risks

  1. Architecture

Describes an IT infrastructure that fails to support, handle, or maintain operations or projects.

  1. Artificial Intelligence

Involves a special category of IT risk associated with new and developing technologies that learn and self-improve.

  1. Availability

Has to do with the vulnerability of IT infrastructure that is not actively being monitored.

  1. Capacity

Faulty practices within capacity management, such as an overloaded network connection, might cause inefficiencies such as process failures and increased network breakage.

  1. Data Loss

Just like the name says, data loss has to do with the damage or wiping-out of critical data that cannot be replaced.

  1. Data Quality

Describes poor quality data that causes losses due to factors such as process failures, compliance issues, or declining customer satisfaction.

  1. Innovation

Innovation regards a special category of risk associated with experimentation and aggressive rates of change. Typically requires novel approaches to risk management such as designing activities that address making “bad” processes “better.”

  1. Integration

Integration risk deals with potential for security breach when organizations, departments, processes, technology, and/or data transmission fails.

  1. Process

Describes the potential for processes to be disrupted by IT failures… or for the processes themselves to disrupt the as-usual infrastructure model.

  1. Quality

Encompasses failures of quality assurance and other quality related practices such as service management.

  1. Security

Malware, hackers, dark web corruption – the list goes on when dealing with potential security breaches to an IT network.

  1. Violations

Compliance violations:  The potential to violate laws or regulations, whether at the state, regional, corporate enterprise, or national level.

There are many additional types of IT security risks – single-project risks, vendor risks, outdated technology risks… the list goes on. The threats we mentioned above are just scraping the tip of the iceberg, which is why it’s extremely important to remain ahead of the IT game at all opportunities possible.

Addressing Disaster Recovery

Keep an Eye on Operations

Before you can truly begin preparing for a disaster recovery plan that covers all your bases, you need to know what the possible problems are (some of which, of course, we laid out above).

All of these potential threats and more can impact your operations, and you need to know what to do in each scenario. Plan for all possible threats, so when something does happen, you are ready to act. And don’t act alone. Schedule regular IT training sessions for your team so that everyone remains on the same page and is properly equipped to mitigate risks.

The Necessity of Backups

Though backup and recovery are not synonymous, a good disaster recovery plan starts with complete and secure data backups.

To ensure preparedness, you’ll want to put in place regularly scheduled backup sessions for all of your important and encrypted data. That way, if disaster strikes, you’ll have a clean and complete copy of your infrastructure on which you can get things back up and rolling.

Depending on the size of your business, data backups might be required more often than not. Regardless, it’s important to get these important tasks on the calendar and to make sure your backups have everything you need to preserve your operations.

Schedule Disaster Drills

Planning will help you and your team anticipate problems and practice for the worst-case scenario. But if you plan for disaster recovery without actually testing your process, you won’t know if it works.

What if there is a conflict between your backup software and one of your legacy data systems? What if you have unsecure files on your most recent backup run? Running disaster drills can expose potential problems before they become disasters in their own right. Test your disaster recovery plan regularly and with the intent to improve.

Cloud Operations Make for Great Security Solutions

Cloud computing has several characteristics that make it easier (and more affordable) to plan for the unknown aspects of disaster recovery, such as on-demand, self-service resource acquisition.

But how do you transition from traditional data storage methods to cloud-based loading? Virtualization is the main technology underlying the cloud computing and storage method. So, the first step is to virtualize as many of the elements that make up your disaster recovery plan and infrastructure as possible. You can also enlist the help of an IT professional to help migrate your traditional storage to a secure and exclusive cloud-based system.

Update Your Scheduled Programming

There’s no denying the fact that technology evolves at lightning speed. Regardless of the new tech improving your day-to-day efficiencies, you need disaster recovery planning that covers even your most cutting-edge tech.

Make sure to regularly assess your disaster planning to take new technologies into account. And be sure to schedule one of those disaster drills shortly after any implementing any changes and educating your team.

Your Next Steps

When you team up with the experts at Information Transport Solutions, Inc., a Uniti company, there’s no need to fear the unknown aspects of your network’s infrastructure, connections, security, or data risk assessments; and that’s because there will be no unknown.

Receive end to end support, from design consulting and implementation to security and digital outreach expansion – the experts at ITS will be here to help you every step of the way! Contact us today to learn more. We’ll help you craft an essential disaster recovery plan and keep you ahead of the IT game.

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