6 Disaster Recovery Mistakes to Avoid – Part 2

Having a disaster recovery plan is a non-negotiable for any company today and while every disaster recovery plan is as unique as the business it protects there are some elements that, if overlooked, could cause even the best laid plans to fail.

In this two-part post we will look at six disaster recovery mistakes you should avoid.

Not prioritising

During the planning phase it is essential that you know and understand which of your business applications and services will come back online first after a disaster. This is an important discussion to have with your disaster recovery partner because you want them to prioritise the essential parts of your system to have you up and running as soon as possible.

Consider the following to ensure you have the protection you need:

Planning: Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) – RPO is the maximum period tolerable in which data could be lost. RTO is the target time for resumption of IT activities after disaster occurs. These are two of the most important considerations for your disaster recovery plans.

Insufficient training

Training your employees on how to implement various steps of the disaster recovery plan is an important aspect that cannot be overlooked. This will help them to respond effectively in the event of an actual disaster and also ease the stress and anxiety that accompanies a disaster.

Overlooking communication protocols

Communication protocols go hand in hand with training. You need to have a full communication plan in place to alert your employees and key clients, vendors etc. that your systems are currently down. Depending on the scale of the disaster regular communication channels may also be down so you will need to plan for alternative ways of getting the message out.

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