When natural disasters happen, the people affected and how to help them has to be considered first. However, afterwards, as soon as public life returns to normality, companies have to cope with damage and loss, too. Thousands of businesses now find themselves dealing with damaged infrastructure and severe disruptions.
One tragedy that didn’t have to happen – the loss of critical data. As the area recovers from power outages, flooded buildings and injuries, it’s time for all businesses (affected or not) to take a new look at their disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
When developing a recovery plan, there are a few questions that should take priority.
Q: What are your company’s most crucial systems and what effect will an outage have?
Inspect how large of a loss it would be if your business’s most important systems and units were damaged.
Q: Which part of the business needs to be restored first in order to keep operations running?
Deciding which unit of your company needs to constantly be running to keep the business afloat can help determine how extensive your recovery plan should be.
Q: Who is responsible for declaring a disruptive event and mitigating its effects?
Decide who will take the lead for the company during a disaster and be the go-to for answering questions or consoling worried employees.
Q: What is the process for communicating with employees during such an event?
Website or blog updates, e-mail communication or phone calls are all mediums to reach out to employees during a disaster. The most important factor is keeping employees informed.
Q: How much prior disaster recovery planning and investment is necessary for my company?
Consider what the total loss would be, the cost of a contingency plan and whether you are willing to run the risk.
Q: What technology is in place to ensure reliable, secure access to servers and company files during the aftermath of the disaster?
Providing employees with the ability to access servers from remote locations gives your business the opportunity to continue to run after the disaster. By implementing VPN or similar technologies, you can ensure that employees still have the opportunity to work during and after a disaster.
Q: What technology is in place to ensure data is backed up from one server to others around the company automatically in the event of a disaster or outage?
VPN technology connects servers to other servers, as well as servers to people. And, with minimal effort, IT teams can set up servers to automatically back up critical data to other servers at the first hint of a disaster or outage.
Today, information is sometimes the most critical asset of an organization. Many organizations must protect their data, and sometimes proprietary data from customers, vendors and partners. Today is also the age when people expect, and organizations must deliver, information anytime, anywhere.
State-of-the-art VPN technology enables IT teams to achieve both objectives, safely. VPNs give employees the anytime, anywhere access they crave, while it also enables IT teams to safely and swiftly back up data from a threatened server to other servers throughout the organization.
As IT teams both in areas affected by recent storms, and other areas, take a new look at their processes for protecting critical data, VPN technology should be a cornerstone of any new initiative.
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