If Disaster Recovery Isn't at The Forefront of Your Business, Why Not?
With the threat of cyber-attacks constantly growing, it is no longer an option to think that your business will simply be immune to a potential disruption - being well prepared is a necessity. Additionally, things like weather, technology and human error, too, can create issues for your business operations. To avoid prolonged disruptions, ensuring end users can access your applications and services, you should have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans in place, fully tested.
Many people will inevitably conflate Business Continuity with Disaster Recovery, believing them to be the same thing; most are under the impression that having a Business Continuity plan is enough and thus fail to take the extra step to implement Disaster Recover.
Whilst Disaster Recovery is a subset of Business Continuity, it focuses solely on restoring IT operations and systems, as effectively as possible post any disruptions. The main aim of disaster recovery (DR) is to minimise overall business downtime, ensuring that your technology operations are back up and running in the shortest time possible.
In 2017, computers in 74 countries across Europe and Asia were subject to a huge ransomware attack, causing disruptions on a previously unimaginable scale, affecting firms like the US-based FedEx and Russian's Sberbank. In the UK, NHS computer systems were down for several days and the disruption to the running of all operations was monumental. Patients were asked not to attend A&E if possible, and to call the 111 or 999 services instead; appointments were cancelled, and some departments were shut down entirely as staff reverted to pen and paper, finding themselves without access to any digital files. Even though the ransomware used, Wanna Decryptor, was relatively well known, a new strain of it succeed in taking down several global systems for a significant amount of time.
An attack like this perfectly demonstrates the need for a secure and easily accessible data backup system to minimise business and customer disruption. With future attacks being more a question of when and not if, DR should be at the forefront of most businesses' operations. Services to help your business manage DR are now becoming more common, as demand grows. It's always a good idea to search around for a service most suited to your business needs and, ideally, one with a proven track record and experience in the field. DRaaS from Sungard AS (that's Disaster Recovery as a Service). A service like DRaaS can help with data protection and recovery of environment and compute infrastructure should disaster strike.
Planning is vital for the maintenance of business functions in times of disaster. By staying up to date with your Disaster Recovery strategies, your business will be prepared for effective and quick recovery. Likewise, regular testing and plan adjustments will keep your business recovery up to date by exposing and resolving vulnerabilities before they're able to cause operational issues.