How to Create a Simple Disaster Recovery Plan in 4 Steps
By Dave Ewall on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
According to a study by the Strategic Research Corporation, the leading causes of business continuity and disaster recovery incidents are:
• Hardware Failures (servers, switches, disk drives, etc) – 44%.
• Human Error (mistakes in configurations, wrong commands issued, etc) – 32%
• Software Errors (operating systems, driver incompatibility, etc.) – 14%
• Viruses and Security Breach (unprotected systems are always at risk) – 7%
• Natural Disasters – 3%
Fortunately data loss can be prevented with the right set of precautions, one of which is the creation of a disaster recovery plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated, In fact, creating a disaster recovery plan can be as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4:
1. Take a potential risk inventory. Make a list of every potential cause of data loss and the solutions to each. Your list should include losses that won’t affect the business very much, and those that would shut the business down temporarily or permanently. Consult an IT expert to assist the potential risk inventory. They will have the knowledge and experience to identify possibilities and be able to discuss preventative solutions to guard against each type of potential data loss
2. Rate each of your potential data loss situations. How likely is it for each of the items on your risk inventory to occur? Rating them in order of importance and likeliness to occur will help you determine where to focus your disaster recovery plan efforts.
3. Develop your disaster recovery plan. Go through each of your potential risks and their solutions. Determine how long it would take you to recover from the loss of data for each risk. Could your business be offline for 24 hours? A week? Depending on your business, being offline for even just 24 hours could result in a loss of customers. Look at ways to reduce the downtime associated with each type of data loss risk.
4. Put your plan to the test. Once you’ve created your plan, you should test your solutions. A disaster recovery plan is just a plan until it can be tested and proven.