In times of crisis, there is always a need to have made preparations. After all, we never know what is around the corner.
So below is a 5-point plan
1. Create a Disaster Recovery (DR) Team. With the help of Timbox, this person(s) will be responsible for maintaining the DR Plan. Within the plan, it will identify who should be contacted in the event of a disaster or emergency.
2. Identify and assess disaster risks. This step should include items related to natural disasters, man-made emergencies and technology related incidents. This will assist the team in identifying the recovery strategies and resources required to recover from disasters within a predetermined and acceptable timeframe.
3. Determine critical applications, documents, and resources. The plan should focus on short-term survivability rather than on a long-term solution of restoring the organisation’s full functioning capacity. However, the organisation must recognize that there are some processes that should not be delayed if possible
4. Specify backup and off-site storage procedures. All critical applications, equipment, and documents should be backed up and stored at an off-site location.
5. Test and maintain the plan. Disaster recovery planning is a continual process as risks of disasters and emergencies are always changing. It is recommended that the organization routinely test the DRP to evaluate the procedures documented in the plan for effectiveness and appropriateness.