IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster can strike a business at any time and often without warning. From power outages due to weather and natural disaster, to hacking and other forms of cyber-attacks, your business needs a disaster recovery strategy in place to get critical systems and normal operations back up and running as quickly as possible.

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a form of business continuity plan created and regularly updated and tested, which gives detailed instructions on how to recover core business services if disaster occurs.

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Types of IT Disaster

To know how to respond to a disaster, it is important to understand the types of disasters that can occur.

 

Cyber, Attack, Encryption, Smartphone, Mobile, Finger

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and more can wreak havoc on IT systems, as not only can the physical equipment be damaged, but important data can be lost as well.

Software-Related Disasters

Software-related disasters refer to any type of problem caused by software or hardware malfunctions. These can include power outages, network outages and malicious attacks such as viruses.

Human-Related Disasters

Human-related disasters refer to any type of problem caused by a person or persons. This can include anything from intentional malicious attacks to accidental mistakes that cause data loss or corruption.

Hardware Failures

Hardware and equipment failure are the most common type of disaster and can be caused by a variety of factors, including power surges, dust, heat, and wear and tear on the hardware itself.

Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

The latest UK government survey shows that during the last 12 months to April 2023, an average of 32% of UK companies have identified a cyber-attack on their business – rising to 59% for medium businesses, 69% for large businesses, and 56% for high income charities.

21% of businesses and 19% of charities estimate they receive at least one attack per week, with 88% of businesses (84% of charities) being unable to restore operations within a 24 hour period – a figure which is hugely detrimental to businesses.

The average financial loss through money or data averaged at £3,770 for the 12 month period, and when narrowed to only medium and large businesses this loss increased to £15,800.

Globally for 2021, IBM security reported a loss of $4.96 million as a direct result of data breaches, the highest loss ever recorded. It is clear that a good disaster recovery plan is a part of critical business operations, and an integral element of good data protection.

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Creating a Custom Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) for your Business

The potential for service outages that affect your computer and data systems should be a lynchpin of risk assessment in business, and every organisation should have up to date disaster recovery plans in place. Ensure your IT disaster recovery plan is included in your business processes, and that everyone affected knows its location, and is familiar with your recovery strategies.

Here at Aztec IT Support, our disaster recovery team has extensive experience in creating disaster recovery plans for clients of all sizes in a wide range of industries, helping to navigate crisis management and ensure rapid recovery of data loss.

Our IT Disaster Recovery Process

Aztec offer a robust disaster recovery solution to all our clients, from the first step to the last. From cloud disaster recovery to navigating natural disasters, we work with you to tailor your disaster recovery methods to your business needs, and create a plan designed to restore normal operations when unplanned events occur that affect your online services.

We’ll help you calculate and define a recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) to help assess potential loss, minimise recovery time, and get your critical systems and business operations back up and running as quickly as possible.

Incident Response and Management

The Aztec team will manage and work with any interested parties and stakeholders during an active cyber incident, ensuring that everyone has the information they need to resume business functions as much as possible, and make decisions that benefit the business.

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Business Continuity Planning and Testing

Of the UK companies that do have disaster recovery procedures in place, it is thought that between 23-54% of these do not test their DRP regularly; some have never tested it at all. Regular disaster recovery testing is vital for ensuring that everything is up-to-date and ready to go when a real emergency hits.

Our business continuity planning process highlights critical elements of your business operations, and determines the priority in which services should be restored to resume normal operations, as well as the best recovery strategy to maintain and protect them.

Without regular testing and updating, a business continuity plan is likely to be less effective or not work at all if a critical element has changed. The team at Aztec can simulate a disaster and run recovery tests for access to email, telephone access, and an alternative site with server recovery and restoration to mitigate business continuity risks. We will also carry out a business impact analysis, to ensure that you are protected and have a solid plan in place in the event of data loss or disaster.

Cyber Security and Disaster Recovery Planning Services

 

According to the experts, small, medium and large businesses outsource their cyber security and disaster recovery to external suppliers 58%, 55%, and 60% of the time, respectively, and this allows access to expertise and resources for dealing with disaster recovery and IT support services such as cyber security, which are unlikely to be available in house.

Coupled with a reduced initial outlay, on-going savings (compared to hiring an in-house team), and the option of remote teams for increased space in the office, it’s easy to see why so many companies opt for using specialist services for their disaster recovery plan.

Aztec IT Support offer disaster recovery plans to serve the needs of any UK business. We’ll design, maintain and test a DRP customised to serve your business processes in order of priority, using regular backups and tried and tested disaster recovery processes.

Speak to disaster recovery plan expert at Aztec today to find out more.

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