Loss of business records is something that happens more often than you might think. Fortunately it’s a problem that can easily be avoided. While large amounts of data can be lost during catastrophes such as hurricanes, fires and floods, it doesn’t take such large events to cause a business to lose important data. If businesses don’t have critical data backed up, even a minor situation can turn into a disaster.
Establishing a disaster recovery plan can be done in the following steps:
- Make a list of potential threats. The nature of the business and its physical environment will influence the types of threats an organization might face.
- Categorize each potential data loss situation. How likely is it for each of the items on your list of potential threats to occur? Categorizing and rating each situation in order of importance and likeliness to occur will help you determine where to focus your efforts.
- Develop your plan. Go through each of your potential risks, develop solutions, and determine how long it would take you to recover from the loss of data for each situation. Also, review the data you have backed up and what needs to be backed up to reduce the amount of time it would take to recover.
- Test your plan. Once you’ve created your plan of action for recovering lost data, test your solutions and make changes to your plan as needed.
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