Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

December 24, 2012

When planning to protect your business against potential disasters or accidents, you need to create a disaster recovery plan based on the different departments of your company. This plan should include an IT system and infrastructure recovery strategy due to its importance in the operation of your business.

The two principal parts of a disaster recovery strategy are the business continuity plan and the disaster recovery plan. Procedurally, these have to go hand-in-hand. The business continuity plan focuses on the schedule and timing of the disaster recovery plan, so that in the event of a disaster, your business can function normally.

A disaster recovery plan has the following components:

  • Prevention. Preventative measures refer to the proactive actions a company takes to ensure the fast resumption of normal operations, should a disaster occur. Common preventative measures include: planning, backing up information, keeping anti-virus software up to date, storing copies of software and data off-site.
  • Detection. A major part of the detection process is carrying out regular scans in order to find possible viruses, malware and other threats. In addition, frequent audits to router logs should be performed to identify unauthorized attempts to access your network.
  • Correction. The last part of a disaster recovery plan consists of the recovering procedures an organization puts into practice after a disaster. If necessary, the first step would be replacing computers. After the new computer stations are setup, the software and data can be reinstalled using the copies kept off-site.

GadellNet, a full-service IT consulting firm, can help you create a disaster recovery plan for your IT systems.  Find out how we can protect your company’s valuable information by visiting our website or giving us a call at (314) 431-0358!