There are a lot of unexpected problems that your business may run into. One of them is cyber-attacks. But if you have got a disaster recovery plan to help you through that unexpected time, protecting your employees, business, and valuable data, you’re good.
At least until your system is back online and ready to serve customers.
But are you adequately covered in this Disaster Recovery plan, if it were ever put to the test? There are some things that need to be included in your disaster recovery plan for it to be successful.
1. Careful Analysis of Threats and Appropriate Actions
Any good disaster recovery plan should at least incorporate a careful analysis that has been developed after deliberate planning. Of course, cyber-attacks have been thought over before implementation so it is equally as important to have a counter plan that is two steps ahead.
For each of the possible scenarios that can play out during a cyber-attack, there should be a deliberate recovery plan for it. For example, if a server shuts down in a specific location, is there a robust plan to help smoothen out the transition for the server to go back online?
All scenarios won’t play out at the same time, so you also have to keep your priorities in order, too. Plan accordingly afterward.
2. Have People Assigned to Specific Tasks
It’s important that people know what they have to do and do it in sync when crunch time hits. Identifying those people who will be responsible for dealing with the cyber-attack on hand is important. Have their information (cell phone and home numbers as well as email addresses) ready at all times People often place all of their emphasis on technology, leaving very less importance for the process.
You need to make your user community aware of what to do in a crunch time scenario to avoid any unnecessary complication. In other words, you need to have a robust process in place. You also need to keep in touch and establish a meaningful connection with authorities before being faced with a crisis. Lastly, decide carefully on the spokesperson for the victims of the disaster.
3. Timely Updates
Internal changes are important, even welcome, for organizations. An example is of a software update. Just make sure that you have your disaster recovery plan updated with each one. Keep all the tools and technology of your disaster recovery plan updated as well. Cyber-attackers do so much to stay on to of their game. It’s only logical that we follow suit and try to gain an edge over them.
4. Practice Makes Perfect
The disaster recovery plan is not complete until it is not tested properly, especially after updates. Keeping people updated on what to do serves to embed the response in their subconscious so that when disaster really hits, they’ll be ready.
5. The Big BIA
Business impact analysis (Business) is perhaps the most important part of the plan. Know what damage has been done and what can be done to prevent it. For that you need feedback. Gather feedback and incorporate it into your disaster recovery plan for the future.
To have a better IT disaster recovery plan in place, consult us at Crumbacher.