Too many business owners aren’t fully aware of the potential risks of suffering an IT disaster. SMB owners often make the mistake in assuming that cybercriminals only target large enterprises, but in truth, cybercriminals take anything they can get because all data has value. The ugly reality is that even SMBs are prone to disaster, whether it’s deletion, destruction, corruption, or even sabotage. Case studies show that over 40% of SMBs never reopen after a disaster due to the financial burden of recovery and the loss of clients.
If your business suffered an IT disaster this moment, how long it would take to get your servers back up again?
If you can’t answer this question confidently, you need to review your disaster recovery plan for 2021. Downtime often happens instantly and without any prior warning. The most critical part of this situation is how fast a business can resolve or mitigate the damage suffered. Being preventative and prepared will save you valuable time, mitigate expenses, and maintain your great reputation amongst your clients.
If your business already has a Disaster Recovery Plan, you’re still not in the clear yet. Since technology and hacker methodology rapidly changes and adapts, your DRP needs to as well. DRPs should be reviewed and updated every year to ensure that it’s still relevant in the event of an emergency.
7 Steps to Reviewing your Disaster Recovery Plan
- Identify all the new risks that may arise
- Evaluate vulnerability to those risks
- Determine the business impact of the vulnerabilities being exploited
- Identify critical business functions and perform technology dependency mapping
- Design and implement a risk mitigation strategy
- Write reactivation protocols, test them, and document the results
- Get an expert opinion
There are many strategic ways to mitigate business risks from disasters. Having a written and actionable plan is one of the best ways to ensure that the critical business functions that rely on network resources are backed up and restored quickly despite the disaster’s interruption. Well implemented network disaster recovery plans minimize both data lost and downtime.
A Strong Network Disaster Recovery Plan Focuses On:
- Recovering the local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and the wireless network.
- Network devices such as the modem, router, and switch.
- Any critical network and communication applications.
- Servers, hub, and personal devices.
A disruption can be physical, such as deletion, destruction, corruption, or virtual disasters like viruses and social engineering. In either case, storing everything on a physical backup is not good practice because it’s putting all of your eggs in one basket, any damage to the backup is permanent and you may never recover your data. Good practice is using the cloud or an off-site backup to safely house your data.
Why is Network Recovery Plan important?
Network reliant services are typically crucial to executing business operations. Simply put, most organizations can’t operate at full capacity if at all if one of its systems stops working. A responsible network manager should be conducting routine disaster recovery plan reviews at least once a year so you can rapidly take action against disruptions as quickly as possible.
One of the most important aspects to review is how fast servers can be spun back up after crashing. Most managers find out too late that their servers take way too long to spin up again, and sometimes an hourly backup might not be sufficient; a real-time backup is essential to entirely mitigate disaster risks.
Common Mistakes and How KLH Prevents Them
Trying to create a disaster recovery plan is time-consuming and tedious when you haven’t identified critical business functions and the applications they rely on. It’s also common for DPRs to be outdated and irrelevant to how the company currently operates. Reviewing your DPR for 2021 may be the difference between a cyber incident and a cyber disaster; hacking is a question of when, not if.
In short, all businesses ranging from SMBs to enterprises require a strategic plan to smoothly and quickly deal with unavoidable disasters. KLH has years of experience in creating airtight DPRs and NRPs, and we can create a recovery plan custom for your business so your network is prepared for whatever 2021 brings. Contact us at 952-258-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can secure your network and data.