When coming up with a disaster recovery plan, there’s a lot of ground to cover. It’s easy to get caught up in all the planning and have some things slip through the cracks. To help prevent that from happening to you and your organization, we’ve put together a list of the top three disaster recovery mistakes.
Lack of Data Redundancy
When your data is at stake, having a reliable way to recover it and maintain business continuity in the event of a disaster is essential. Implementing data redundancy is a way to accomplish this goal. With this strategy, you would keep multiple copies of your data stored in different environments; online and offline. This way, if you experience data loss or a network failure, you’ll be able to restore what was lost from another data storage location.
A common method that organizations use is a 3-2-1 backup strategy. This strategy entails keeping (at least) 3 copies of your data, keeping the data backups in 2 different environments, and keeping 1 copy of the data offsite. In doing this, you have multiple backups in multiple locations and environments, increasing your ability to recover lost data.
Subpar Data Recovery Capabilities
When using a cloud backup, be aware of what is included in it, as this will have an impact on the recovery process. If you are part of an enterprise organization, using simple cloud storage can cause recovery issues. Instead, an enterprise organization should consider making use of a cloud or Disaster Recovery as a Service provider. Taking this approach, the provider will manage your data and virtualize it, reducing potential downtime and allowing you to put your energy into other aspects of your organization.
Poor Reporting Practices
Some businesses do not report cyber attacks out of fear of bad publicity, some are unaware the attacks have occurred, and some are unsure of how to report them properly. But neglecting to report a cyber attack can result in adverse effects on your business in terms of profit, and customer retention. Notifying your customers if their data is affected, as well as the proper agencies can get you ahead of the problem, while establishing and maintaining credibility for your organization.
Knowing what to look out for when going through the process of creating a disaster recovery plan helps you avoid any potential pitfalls. When you’re aware of those poor practices, your planning and implementation process will be much smoother than if you were to go in blind.
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