Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan for your SMB

Is your business prepared for the worst? A good disaster recovery plan can make the difference in the continuity of your business after the worst. Business depends on the information technology that populates every office, and an IT-related disaster can be a real disaster for your business. Disasters affecting your IT infrastructure can come from natural disasters, especially if you’re in an area with extreme weather changes. A system breach can shut down the system, or a ransomware attack can disrupt your business.


Assessing your business’s needs, budget and IT environment

A successful recovery plan is one that is truthful, accurate and something you can stick to. Your DRP starts with understanding your business’s IT needs, the current IT Environment and budget – the more comprehensive, the better. Your assessment should account for people (employees and customers), processes that are in place and the technology.
Your assessment will help you visualize your company’s unique challenges when building a Disaster Recovery Plan. Ultimately, you are looking for redundancy across all aspects of your organization and how each will react to different threat scenarios.


Get a handle on your data

The critical word when it comes to creating a disaster recovery plan is “Redundancy.” Backing up data is simple, and it is essential for any business. You have to understand what data you have and where it is located. Depending on the type of data, you might need additional security safeguards or account for special treatment. Knowing your data’s location is especially important for businesses with multiple locations – a larger spread means a more significant threat landscape, an example of this is when one site has an older IT infrastructure that isn’t maintained as well, it makes for a more accessible entry point into the corporate system. Regularly scheduled backups will replicate your files from their primary location to an off-site location or cloud. This is essential and will help mitigate headaches post-disaster.
You can also consider additional redundancy in your company’s IT environment with virtualization, a method of isolating the data and applications from the desktop using a remote central server. Services can also be put in place for teleworking capabilities, giving your users the ability to access information from mobile phones, tablets and personal computers outside of your IT environment. Microsoft Office 365 is an example of an easily deploy-able tool that can give your company continuity in case of a disaster, but that you will be able to use to build your business efficiently.



Once you have a disaster recovery plan, it is essential to test it and find any vulnerabilities or if any system isn’t working as it should. It’s also important to communicate your plan to your users, so they know what to do when the worst happens. Understanding how you Disaster Recovery Plan works will also assure you the plan will be effective, as well as you and your staff, are comfortable with what needs to be done.

Make sure you have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place before something happens. Make sure you identify your resources, back up your data and test your plan to make sure your company will be back up running as fast as possible after a data breach, ransomware attack or extreme weather.

A managed services provider can help you at any step. The talented technicians at Next Digital can help you at any stage of your disaster recovery plan. We can help assess your IT environment and identify vulnerabilities; we will help you find the best options to add redundancy to your business and improve the efficiency of your IT infrastructure and staff, we can maintain your existing infrastructure and assess your current Disaster Recovery Plan to see how we can improve it. Our NextGen Security is a three-pronged approach to mitigating cyber-attacks: Prevent, Detect and Respond. Next Digital also provides a Cloud Backup service that is user and wallet-friendly. Please contact Next Digital today to see how we can protect you, your data and get your business up and running after a disaster.

Businesses depend on IT infrastructure, but are your business and employees prepared for the worst? Potential disasters for IT environments are just around the corner: ransomware, data breaches and extreme weather, are all threatening your business. Do you know how you’re going to get your business up and running after the disaster? It’s a headache that can be minimized by a Disaster Recovery Plan.

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