It’s impossible to tell the future. The reason why this is so, is because… it’s the truth. You can never tell what will happen in the near future, or even in the distant one. But there is one thing that can be plausible about the future, and that is, you can try to prepare for it. Proper preparation prevents poor performances as they say, and in this article, I will explain to you how having a great disaster recovery plan will help protect your interests in unforeseen circumstances that could occur in the near or distant future. So let’s talk about how to modify your disaster recovery plan.
Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Still Fresh?
First of all, see if your already existing recovery plan is out of date or not. Your company and its disaster recovery plan analyzers could have had the best intentions when creating your first disaster recovery plan, but how long has it been since you last checked up on it? Has it been 3 years past the first inception of your disaster recovery plan? Has it been 15 years? Does your disaster recovery plan even make sense with your new upgrades and investments into your company? It’s important to always modify and update your disaster recovery plan, especially if you buy equipment’s such as hardware and upload new systems or applications.
A failure to modify your disaster recovery plan with the new goodies you have implemented and installed into your company has already become outdated. Lots of data could be saved on devices you don’t even know you have purchased. So make sure you always keep your disaster recovery plan updated with the latest news and proper planning for what makes sense in its current time of your company’s position and status. You wouldn’t want to jump out of an airplane, to go skydiving without a parachute pack that wasn’t properly packed, would you?
Having Your IT Recovery Plan Working in Conjunction With Your Business Continuity Plan Helps
Having your IT disaster recovery plan, and your business continuity plan working simultaneously with each other will induce a better safety net for your company during unforeseen circumstances. You should also take into account the length of getting your IT recovery accomplished and optimized for data restoration. It’s one thing to have a prolific recovery and business continuity plan, but time is also a crucial factor and phenomenon to having a functional business.
Can all of your continuity plans and IT recovery be done in a cost effective, and timely manner? Losing time can hurt your recovery and business, so try to be relevant and plausible with disaster recovery. Make it effective and timely.
Get Your Policies and Procedures Approved by Senior Management
Having the approval of the higher ups when engineering a disaster recovery plan is a pivotal step to making sure they understand your plan. By having senior management understand the data recovery plan, you will help spread the knowledge of how your plan works. Getting senior management’s approval to your plan, and to have them accept policies when conducting your recovery plan, that meets business continuity strategies will be followed by receptive disaster recovery when a disaster actually occurs. Meaning, to make sure that time is not wasted, and information is not loss, and to have the most maximized and effective disaster recovery plan, the higher ups should know how the plan works.
Maximize your recovery plan by allowing the higher ups know and approve of your methods. Get them to know where data will be stored and always update them on the plan.
Make the Disaster Recovery Plan Readable
Once you have established your disaster recovery plan, and the higher ups approve of your methods. You should now then, make the disaster recovery plan readable for all departments to understand the plan. Or at least, each department should be able to understand the disaster recovery plan for each of their own department’s responsibility.
Identifying the threats and response strategies in your disaster recovery plan will produce a keener eye on potential disasters that have occurred to be less problematic, and to grow into even bigger problems. When you have a disaster recovery plan that is readable and that works, you will be happy, and so will the company you represent be happy with your plans.