Multiple years of catastrophic weather, fires
and earthquakes provide reason enough to
re-evaluate your disaster recovery (DR) plan. Especially if your business
operates on or near a U.S. coastline. Add in the sad realities of escalating
cyberattacks and the crushing cost of unplanned downtime, and the impetus to
scrutinize your DR plan–today–becomes nearly indisputable. Ideally, the process should include consulting with an IT MSP. But before that,
advises Network World, “Any serious review should begin with a kind of SWOT
analysis skewed toward weaknesses and threats.”
Examples of basic questions a
preliminary DR self-audit might include:
How long since the plan was last reviewed and tested?
2) Have any new threats surfaced since the last plan review?
3) Does the DR plan account for all
business-critical systems, apps and infrastructure?
4) How will data and equipment be restored?
Of course, these
considerations barely scratch the surface. But they can serve as a reminder
that, natural or man-made, unplanned outages can strike without warning, and
that there’s no time like the present to prepare.