Experts Predict an Active Hurricane Season. Do You Have a DR Solution in Place?
Researchers at Colorado State University predict that seven hurricanes and 14 named storms will formin 2018. The Weather Company expects 13 named storms, including eight hurricanes—including two of Category 3 or higher.
No matter how you look at it, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, will be another big one. There’s a greater than 60% chance of one hitting the U.S. coastline. And considering last year’s storms caused nearly $200 billion in damage, you need to consider how your business will prepare for the threats ahead
So when one of these natural disasters hits, what will you do when technology stops working? How will you ensure your data is safe and how will you continue to operate business as usual?
You Need to Protect Your DataFrom the Unexpected
You need a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster or major power disruption. It’s that simple. Don’t risk losing your valuable datafrom an unplanned disruption, outage or downtime.
Whether you already have one in place or need to revise it, a DR plan should be personalized and comprehensive. It should be created in context of your business continuity plan and include recovery strategies. Here’s where you can start:
- Identify critical applications and vulnerabilities. Determine what services and systems support critical business activity
- Double check data backup. Where is your data? Is it properly backed up in a second location?
- Establish recovery objectives and timelines.If something happens, how long do you need systems restored before unacceptable consequences occur?
- Determine Incident response protocols. What staff members will be in chargeand what steps need to happen first?