With cybersecurity attacks on the rise, it is imperative for your organization to have a strong security strategy in place. Beyond that, we recommend developing a robust disaster recovery plan, in the event a detrimental attack does occur. By now we know that organizations of all sizes and industries can be affected by cybersecurity attacks, so it’s important to stay proactive. IT company Otava notes that “with the combination of natural disasters, hardware failures, and human error, the reality is that data loss is a matter of when, not if.”
Nonprofits have even more to lose, as stricter budgets, smaller teams, and limited resources make bouncing back from an attack even more challenging. Continue reading to find out more about what a disaster recovery plan is and why having one is so important to help your organization thrive.
What is a Disaster Recovery Plan and Why Do You Need One?
A disaster recovery plan involves detailing the steps for resuming business processes quickly and efficiently in the event of a disaster — whether it involves hardware or software crashes, outside infiltration, or human error. Without a plan in place, any disaster that occurs has the potential to disrupt your entire organization. Disruptions to your organization are more than just a nuisance; they can lead to loss of revenue, brand damage, and dissatisfied clients.
What Does a Disaster Recovery Plan Include?
Overall, the plan should also include strategies to minimize the effects of a disaster, allowing your organization to resume critical operations or even normal operations. You can start by reviewing the goals of your plan to ensure that you and your team are on the same page, while also reviewing your most vulnerable threats.
From there, you can create an inventory list of your hardware (services, desktops, laptops, mobile devices), software applications, and data. From this list, you should prioritize critical information and ensure it is backed up sufficiently. For more suggested disaster recovery plan steps, review this article by Kyndryl.
What Are the Benefits?
There are a variety of benefits that result from having a strong IT recovery plan in place. The main one is that your business or organization will be able to continue normal operations despite any disaster that might occur. This is a crucial step to prevent customer dissatisfaction or distrust from occurring.
Another key benefit is improving customer retention and satisfaction. Evolve IP reminds us that “disaster recovery planning enables businesses to maintain a high service quality regardless of the circumstances. Reacquiring an old customer in the aftermath of an IT disaster can be nearly impossible — a disastrous effect that so many businesses have experienced firsthand.” Ensure you give your customers the highest level of service by maintaining a strong disaster recovery plan.
Lastly, disaster recovery planning can save organizations money in the long run. If data breaches can cost enterprises an average of $3.92 million, just think what a data breach can cost your organization. Plus, opting for more innovative and secure hardware and software because of your plan can also reduce spending.
Disaster recovery plans are vital component to your overall IT strategy. While the goal is to always ensure your organization is prepared for a disaster, by developing a disaster recovery plan, you will also strengthen and streamline your organization.