Things to Include in Your Network Disaster Recovery Plan

man panicking because he has no proper disaster recovery plan

It is, of course, in our nature to avoid addressing the worst-case scenarios in our minds, unless we absolutely have to—meaning, when it’s far too late to do anything about it. But if you’re an owner of a business or a large corporation, running around like a headless chicken or perhaps sticking your head in the sand until something terrible does go wrong is no longer a favorable strategy to adopt, especially in today’s technologically advanced landscape. A natural disaster or getting hacked can inconvenience your business operations significantly, through protracted amounts of downtime. Additionally, crucial and confidential company data could become compromised, or in the worst case, lost and unrecoverable for all eternity.

Your best bet in being prepared is to adopt a proactive stance, and that is by developing and implementing a network disaster recovery strategy well before the actual catastrophe starts. But, you may ask, "what exactly does a good, comprehensive IT Disaster Recovery Plan include?"

Backing Up Important Data

While you may have on-site redundancies already in place for your company’s files and information, nowadays it’s considered an absolute necessity to have on-site cloud backup storage, as well. Cloud solutions address convenience and security concerns, as they don’t have a physical body. As it is located in cyber space, they also enable ease of data recovery in the event that something goes terribly wrong.

Set Up a Disaster Recovery Team

While you may have on-site redundancies already in place for your company’s files and information, nowadays it’s considered an absolute necessity to have on-site cloud backup storage, as well. Cloud solutions address convenience and security concerns, as they don’t have a physical body. As it is located in cyber space, they also enable ease of data recovery in the event that something goes terribly wrong.

Third-Party Contact List

There are hardware and software vendors, ISPs and data centers. Your disaster recovery plan should at least include a thorough list of all the necessary contacts outside of your organization.

Diagrams & Directions

Network diagrams and procedures should be outlined, as to minimize the dangers that could happen the first time when something goes terribly wrong. Instead, you can have an outline of standard procedures and any necessary diagrams in advance, so that immediate action can be taken.

Recurring Updates

Disaster recovery plans should not be considered as a static document; but a living one, one that is ever-changing. To that end, your plan should include scheduled reviews, to ensure that everything that is contained within the plans—from contracts to procedures—are all up-to-date and aligned with your current business’s objectives.

Consider a Partner

Whether your disaster recovery plan is large or small, it’s often a very good idea to enlist the assistance of an outsourced IT firm—more commonly known as a managed services provider—to either help develop or to do a final review of your disaster recovery plan. With a managed services provider, you will have a full team of varying expertise at your disposal, while focusing more on revenue-generating initiatives.

Don’t Forget to Test Your Plan

Once you have a suitable IT disaster recovery plan in place, take the time to carefully walk through all the possible test scenarios on a regular basis. It’s not enough to have a plan. You need to confirm with your team that your plan is a viable one. Moreover, as they say, practice makes perfect. The more you test your strategy ahead of time, the more prepared you are for when something inevitably goes wrong. The more prepared you are, the less you panic and the more you can think of suitable solutions.

When in Doubt, Trust in LeBlanc

If you need someone to fully test your network disaster recovery plan, look no further than us.

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