The Basics: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
The Essential Steps to Building an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
Creating an IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) plan can be a daunting task. The varying needs of stakeholders. The multiple teams to consult with. The time required to consult with everyone and plan…It can seem so overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be! A DR/BC plan can be made easy by following best practices and using off-the-shelf templates.
Ensure Critical Service Levels are Continually Met
A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan ensures critical services are delivered after a disastrous service disruption.
A thorough DR/BC plan includes:
- Plans, measures and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services
- Identification of necessary resources to support business continuity
With a DR/BC plan in place, the organization can quickly recover data and assets required for productivity.
Additional benefits include:
- Improvement in overall organizational efficiency
- Identification of human resources and financial resources critical to service delivery
Simplifying IT Disaster Recovery
Where should a business start when creating a BC/DR plan?
Consider ranking critical systems by importance and using defined backup levels (based on the criticality and restore time requirements) when starting a disaster recovery plan.
Budget also plays an important role in planning. However, organizations should prioritize their recovery requirements and then make decisions based on budget.
The 3.2.1 Rule
When creating the plan, a best practice is always to ensure that three (3) copies of data are always available:
- In production
- Stored as a local backup copy
- Stored as a copy off-site – preferably with a cloud backup service provider
By following the 3.2.1. rule, organizations create an “air gap” between on-premise systems connected to the local area network and the offsite backup. This ensures data is safe and unaffected by the risks identified in the DR plan.
The Truth of DR/BC Planning
DR/BC planning doesn’t need to be daunting. HostedBizz created a White Paper, “The Four R’s make DR/BC planning” to make DR/BC planning manageable and easy. The white paper also provides a series of templates so organizations can engage stakeholders, gather company-wide requirements, establish essential business services and acceptable risk levels, and design recovery plans based on risk tolerance.
To learn more about DR/BC planning, read our step-by-step guidelines and access easy-to-use templates.