We recommend five steps for small businesses to establish the use of a Disaster Recovery Plan as a method of recovery and operational continuity both for minor mishaps as well as for major problems.
- ANALYZE THE NEEDS OF EACH COMPANY:
Disaster recovery plans (DRP) must be specific to each company, since all companies vary in their business models, processes and security level. There are different options such as local copies, cloud solutions, mobility, etc. In general, the most important thing is to maintain operational continuity. Some companies invest up to 25% of their budget destined for computer security only in DRP technology.
- PERFORM A RISK ASSESSMENT:
Like the previous point, this will allow to identify, analyze and evaluate all the threats that could affect a certain company. With special focus on those milestones that are classified as disaster. It should be considered that there are organizations that are more prone than others.
- ESTABLISH A PROTOCOL FOR RECOVERY AND OPERATIONAL CONTINUITY:
Strategies and responses are sought in different scenarios in order to implement a known procedure, as soon as possible and with a planned prioritization. The grace is to simplify processes to automate disaster recovery.
- TRAIN THE TEAM AND TRY THE PLANS:
All must have clear their functions to be able to respond to different situations, understanding that most workers will not have advanced technical knowledge to know how to face a threat. For this reason, it is necessary to carry out tests of complete interruption, where the operations cease at the primary site and are transferred to a recovery site, so that the managers can put it into execution if required. It is recommended to use a checklist or checklist as part of the protocol.
- UPDATE, MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN:
The validity and optimization from the results of the tests is a constant task. This way new possibilities and advantages that previously were not considered can be considered. Logistic improvements, reduction of operating costs, greater speed, better levels of business continuity of service, etcetera.