How to Prepare Your Enterprise for Disaster Recovery

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Effective disaster recovery is a must, but many organizations are more optimistic about their preparedness than they should be. According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group, many businesses take considerably longer to recovery from a disaster than they anticipate. Of those surveyed, 35 percent reported that they expect their recovery process to take less than 15 minutes. However, only 6 percent were able to achieve this goal.

Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan

The key to effective disaster recovery is careful planning. The first step toward disaster preparedness is to take a thorough assessment of the needs of the organization, including its data storage requirements and business objectives. To protect data and prioritize restoration, you must understand where the most sensitive and critical data is used and stored. A managed service provider can help you craft a recovery plan, address resiliency at a business level and orchestrate the necessary workflows. When your plan is in place, make sure to test it regularly to ensure that it remains effective as organizational needs change.

Investing in Cloud-Based Services

Organizations are increasingly investing in cloud-based disaster recovery services that include monitoring, reporting, testing and workflow automation. These capabilities give organizations better control over on-premise systems and help them manage the cloud for hybrid infrastructures. Investing in these services can be extremely useful in certain disaster situations. For example, a flood or a fire can leave employees unable to get to the office or make work facilities uninhabitable. If an organization invests in cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service, employees will be better able to access the applications and data they need if it becomes essential that they work remotely.

Then, of course, there’s the issue of cybersecurity incidents. To combat these, enterprises should ensure their service provider has the most recent data backups available so they can install a clean system as quickly as possible. The provider can help enterprises simplify and rationalize their systems and achieve recovery without delay. Businesses should examine each aspect of their IT systems to minimize complications caused by compromised user accounts and data. Lastly, automation can be a critical help in the effort to efficiently execute recovery protocols and restore the network to its required security state.

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Fran Howarth

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Fran Howarth is an industry analyst and writer specializing in cybersecurity. She has worked within the security technology sector for more than 25 years in an advisory capacity as an analyst, consultant and writer. Fran focuses on the business needs for security technologies, with a focus on emerging technology sectors. Current areas of focus include cloud security, data security, identity and access management, network and endpoint security, security intelligence and analytics and security governance and regulations. Fran can be reached at fhowarth@gmail.com.

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