Few Techniques Enterprises Can Use to Recover from Disaster

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FREMONT, CA: In a technology and data driven world, disaster recovery is gaining more and more prominence with each passing day. DR encompasses everything from sophisticated and detailed planning whereby a set of policies and procedures are laid out in advance to recover vital information to a subset of business continuity as it focuses on technology systems involving a natural or human induced disaster.

Since 1970s, people slowly began to realize that the whole organization was relying heavily on computer systems and the dependence on computer systems became even more pronounced during 1990s.

Any loss of information on IT systems creates havoc for the organizations. The need of the hour therefore is to take adequate precautions so that risks like loss of information can be mitigated. In order to effectively address the growing challenges, Merrimack River Technologies, a technology consultant points out four ways to mitigate a disaster.

Cloud backup:

Preventing access to data is one of the major obstacles faced by business organizations. Therefore, it is suggested to keep critical data using cloud-based backup solution. Cloud ensures that the files are stored and accessible from anywhere, and at any time.

Disaster insurance:

The costs of repairing damage caused by certain disasters can be mitigated by having a disaster insurance plan in place. A thorough inspection should be made before buying business insurance. In addition, buying additional coverage from the insurance provider is recommended as per requirements.

Alert the employees:

Employees are the core of any organization who keeps the system up and running. A promptly informed and alert employee can help a lot in executing an organization’s disaster recovery plan. DR plan can be accomplished by issuing a handbook to cope with crises, sending emails to alert employees, or preparing emergency supplies and communication devices to meet immediate needs.

Contingency plan:

A proper review of the areas those are crucial for an organization’s survival is recommended. For instance, if the suppliers are located near one’s business, one should have secondary contacts in other locations. An assembly place should be established where the employees can continue to run the business if the main premises become inaccessible. Once the organizations put a proper contingency plan in place, it should be reviewed with the employees at least twice a year so that one doesn’t forget any crucial details. One should also regularly audit ones disaster recovery systems and procedures.

Disasters come unannounced, however one can be prepared to face it and minimize its after effects. Some of the important benefits of having a disaster recovery plan include - a strong sense of security, minimized risk of delays, guarantees the reliability of standby systems, a standard for testing the plan, minimizes decision-making during a disaster, reduces potential legal liabilities, lowers unnecessarily stressful work environment.