business continuity plan (DR/BC) prior. They really go together like peanut butter and jelly. Is your business prepared for a data loss crisis and how would that impact operations? Hardware failure, hacking, malware and even human error can cripple a business no matter its size. When addressing your DR/BC plans, consider the impact of system components. A system is just that - a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole. Without one part, the system may not run. As you think through your recovery strategies, consider how losing one or more of these systems would impact operations. - Hardware: computers, networks, servers, wireless devices - Software: applications, e-mail, data interchange, and resource management to name a few - Connectivity: are you connected to your service provider via cables, fiber, wireless? Record an inventory of all technology used - both hardware and software applications. The plan should prioritize that critical data, software and hardware required to reinstall and restore. Define the team by assigning responsibilities during crisis, including appropriate succession planning. The planning should involve senior leadership and copies of the plan need to go to all personnel along the continuum. Test your plan at least bi-annually. Make adjustments and listen to employees who may have valuable suggestions. This is a simple overview of developing a data disaster recovery plan. It does take time and resources to do it right, but isn’t the stability of your business worth the effort? And don't forget that the data recovery plan needs to be included in your larger business continuity plan. If you aren’t sure where to start, we can help!