The importance of disaster recover planning and data back-up

Disaster recovery planning can provide firms with peace of mind that, should the worst happen, it’s not the end of the world.

No business can function without their applications, critical data or operations – yet some still don’t protect themselves by having a disaster recovery plan in place. There are a number of different disasters that could occur to make companies lose such vital data.

Workers, no matter how well-trained, are not perfect and as such could forget to perform certain processes or may accidentally compromise data they did not mean to. If your resources aren’t backed-up properly on a regular basis, you could face problems later down the line when you need to restore something. Of course having great assurance programs and efficient processes in place is important, but having an online back-up is just as vital.

It’s also likely that, at some point, your hardware will run into difficulties – which can have huge ramifications. Businesses are so reliant on technology now, so searching for a single point of failure within a large IT infrastructure can be an expensive and time-intensive process. However, if you have your data backed-up and secure, you can minimise the negative impact that IT infrastructure failures can have on your business.

It’s also worthwhile looking out as well as in. Perhaps surprisingly, the weather is among biggest threats to your business, as a power outage can cause serious problems for your firm and put your data at risk. If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place, your business might be out of operation for some time.

Not having a disaster recovery plan and backing-up your data can be a costly mistake to make, so if you haven’t already got one in place, make sure it moves to the top of your to-do list.


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