Building a Disaster Recovery Plan
Polar vortexes and natural disasters: we hear about them all the time. As Canadians, we read about the plight of our southern neighbour during hurricane season – 2019 being a particularly bad year for flooding and infrastructure being compromised. Harvey and Irma inflicting severe damage in 2017. Not to mention the 2020 pandemic making us question how resilient we actually are. It’s not surprising that discussions around disaster recovery planning are becoming commonplace.
The fact is, it can happen to any business anytime. From an IT perspective, disaster readiness isn’t just about preparing for major events like a fire destroying a building. It is equally important to consider minor events such a record rainfall that leads to flooding and rendering a place of work such as an office building unusable for several weeks. Back in 2017, local flooding drove our client 4TE to close for six weeks resulting in massive disruption to their business. Thankfully this did not happen as they had already implemented a full Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan a couple of years prior that included off-site backup, cloud servers, and remote desktop capabilities. In this case, what could have been a catastrophic event for their business was a mere inconvenience to all staff accessing their IT systems remotely within 90 minutes – back to business as usual.
Business dependency around IT systems and data loss as well as having recovery strategies is nothing new, however, continually assessing the vulnerabilities and risks to the business and testing these assessments is essential. Do your Disaster Recovery Plans support the changing needs of your business? Don’t save it for a rainy day to find out.