Disaster Recovery is grossly underappreciated. Five years ago, some downtime was to be expected in any line of business. But now it’s like dial-up, customers have no patience for it. Disasters can come in many forms, from an actual, natural disaster to Phil in Accounting falling victim to a phishing scam. Regardless how they begin, how you recover is the only thing that matters after the fact.
Here are three Disaster Recovery mistakes that you need to avoid from ITtoolbox
1. Not Testing a Disaster Recovery Plan
Businesses that fail to test their business continuity
strategy are unlikely to recover data in an emergency. These companies will struggle when disaster strikes and find it difficult to restore business applications. One-third of all organizations that have a business continuity strategy only test their disaster recovery plans once or twice a year, while a quarter of them have never tested their plans.
Testing lets businesses prepare for unexpected events and validate their disaster recovery initiatives. IT staff should test every possible scenario — natural disaster, power outage, malicious attack from hackers and so on — so they know how to respond quickly and efficiently.
2. A Disaster Recovery Plan Is Outdated
Cyberthreats are continuously evolving, so an outdated disaster recovery strategy won’t be much use in an emergency exposure situation. Common IT threats, such as hardware and ransomware
, continue to pose a significant risk for companies that exchange information online. However, new threats — like hackers who target wearable technology and connected cars — could impact businesses with antiquated business contingency plans.
3. A Disaster Recovery Plan Is Too Dependent on a Cloud Provider
Disaster recovery is pretty much synonymous with the cloud. This technology continuously backs up data and keeps it safe so companies can access it in an emergency. However, over-reliance on a cloud provider brings multiple problems. This is why it’s important for businesses to choose a trustworthy, reputable cloud provider, and one that serves their unique security needs. Vendors should provide companies with a simple way to deploy and manage their software, for example. The cloud is still susceptible to DDoS attacks, hacked interfaces and APIs and data breaches, so companies should opt for a vendor that keeps their data safe at all times.
At Corporate Technologies Group, we are Disaster Recovery experts. There’s no excuse to not have a thorough and updated Disaster Recovery Plan. DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service) makes it easier than ever to execute. Contact the backup and recovery experts at Corporate Technologies Group today to get your DRP in place.
If you have a plan, find out how it measures up against a truly robust DRP by downloading our Disaster Recovery Checklist below.