Disasters can happen to any company and they come in many forms and severities. They could be everything from a natural disaster, to a well-meaning employee accidently downloading a dangerous virus, to something crucial getting mistakenly deleted. These what-ifs can keep you up at night, so for your own reassurance develop a disaster recovery plan.
Decide What’s Important
First off, figure out what data is the most critical to get your company back up and running. What information needs to be backed up and saved and what can you afford to lose? This should help you figure out what you need to back up. Choosing an online provider or storing your data in the cloud can be the best way to ensure you can access your data quickly.
Make a Plan
The second step is figuring out the steps that must be taken to get your company back on its feet as quickly as possible. Consider the worst possible scenario and how to recover from that. Which systems have to be restored first and what technology will be needed to do this?
Know Your Workflows
I’m sure you have the big picture of your company processes, but how about all the day-to-day processes that you don’t have memorized? Ask your employees to document their workflows and the specific tasks they preform. By doing this, if something does happen, anyone can pick up where they left off and nothing gets looked over.
Decide Who is in Charge
Many people panic when disaster strikes. To make sure the panic doesn’t make things worse, put someone that has helped you build the plan in charge of carrying out your data recovery plan. This way you are available to reassure everyone and supervise the company and you can be the strong leader your employees need in time of crisis.
Disaster can happen to anyone! So before it does, develop a good plan so that you know what to do. It will make both your employees and you feel more secure.