Disaster Recovery Planning: What’s Your Business Back Up Plan?

Have you ever thought about what you would do if disaster struck your business?  A flood, fire, break-in or human error could cause irreparable damage to your premises, but what about your business data? Not having a back up plan might mean your business cannot carry on, which is why every organisation, no matter how big or small, needs disaster recovery planning. 

What is Disaster Recovery Planning? 

In short, a Disaster Recovery Plan or DRP is a documented process that your business would execute in the event of a disaster to protect your IT infrastructure and help you get back up and running again.  

The most important thing to remember about disaster recovery planning is that there is no one solution or template that will suit every business.  It is about understanding the business, how it utilises IT systems, how it stores and uses data and then implementing a plan to enable these systems and data to be easily accessed and recovered in the event of a disaster.  If the unthinkable happens, the business could be back on its feet within a matter of hours, without the loss of important, costly or confidential information and systems. 

Does your business have a back up plan? 

Recent research has shown that around 68% of small businesses don’t have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place.  This suggests that over two-thirds of small businesses wouldn’t be able to survive a catastrophic event.  This is a scary statistic, particularly when you consider the added pressure and uncertainty caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic. 

How has COVID-19 affected Disaster Recovery Planning? 

The Covid-19 pandemic has made disaster something we all have to consider, on a personal and organisational level. It has created huge amounts of uncertainty for businesses, and forced them to adapt to new ways of working, in particular enabling employees to work from home.  This shift to home working and remote access of systems has highlighted the vulnerabilities that can arise due to human error and put potential disasters firmly into the spotlight. 

If anything, the pandemic should have made your business think more seriously about what you would do if disaster struck.  So if you are in this position of knowing you need a back up plan, but not understanding how to create one, rest assured that our experts here at Matrix IT are here to help. 

What might your DRP include? 

Disaster Recovery Planning is so much more than just ensuring your data is backed up.  A DRP will also include details of which members of staff will be responsible for carrying out each step in the process, which tasks should be taken with priority and ideally how quickly these tasks need to be performed. 

Disaster Recovery Planning in Hampshire 

Matrix IT are experts in cloud systems and can provide the insights and services you need to help your business survive disaster.  Disaster recovery planning is something that we advise all of the businesses we work with to adopt.  If the last few months have taught us anything, it is that you never know when catastrophe might strike! Whilst, we can’t stop disasters from occurring, we can help ensure that your business is prepared for any eventuality when it comes to your IT systems and ensure that your precious data is backed up and easily accessible so you can get back up and running. 

To find out more about creating a DRP or backing up your data please contact Matrix IT – we look forward to helping protect your business.