Natural disasters like hurricanes, thunderstorms, and tornadoes are unpredictable and can result in huge losses. With hurricane season upon us in the Baton Rouge area, many business owners are aware of the precautionary measures to protect their home and business’s physical assets to make sure they are ready for when the time comes. But many overlook data recovery as part of their overall disaster recovery plan.
Natural Disaster Risk
Natural disasters pose a large risk to IT infrastructure and data. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported that 40% to 60% of businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster such as a hurricane.
Data loss can cause significant damage to a business and could even result in a shutdown. And once a hurricane warning is issued, it is already too late. So the time is now to start.
Natural Disaster Preparedness
The first step in keeping data secure is knowing the natural risks to your facility. Having a plan in place that all necessary employees know will make everything run much smoother. Preparing a disaster recovery business continuity plan will keep your business going after a disaster.
An in-house IT team or bringing an MSP on to help with the plan is critical. They should create a list of all the hardware, software programs, and other tech that are needed for the business to proceed.
Backups for Disaster Recovery
Having backups of your data is important in any situation, especially in the case of a natural disaster. Include the information about backups in the disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
Make sure your employees know the plan and conduct mock drills. This ensures that the plan in place is doable and you receive the intended results.
There are a lot of steps that need to be taken before a natural disaster and after for disaster recovery. That is why many businesses rely on a managed service provider to worry about data recovery so they can focus on managing their business.