The hurricane season officially begins in June, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting this year will likely see 9-15 named storms, with 2-4 major hurricanes. This poses a real risk to businesses in the region and brings up the question - are you prepared?
Forrester research shows that 60 percent of businesses have invoked their disaster recovery plans in the past few years. The Bureau of Labour cites that 20 percent of businesses will experience a failure (fire, flood, power outage, etc.) in any given year, and 80 percent of those businesses will go under in just over a year. With so many businesses being severely impacted by these failures, the current hurricane season is one to be properly prepared for.
We’ve put together some tips to get your organization through this hurricane season and ensure your data is protected.
Secure Your Backup
Data is an organizations most valuable asset. Without access to their data, organizations are forced to close their doors until their systems are back up, severely impacting their bottom line. To protect one of your most valuable assets make sure your organization has reliable backups in place. Simply having a backup isn’t enough- your backup must be tested regularly to ensure it functions when you need it most. To be safe, ensure you have more than one backup, backup all files, remember to keep the encryption key handy and test, test, test!
Don’t Fool Yourself - Backup is Not Disaster Recovery
Think seriously about your disaster recovery options. Many businesses believe that their backup is disaster recovery, this is a critical mistake. The goal of disaster recovery is to prevent interruptions to the organization and allow businesses to restore operations to an offsite location or backup infrastructure immediately. This often means having an entirely redundant second location or hiring a managed service provider to offer you disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). If a hurricane destroys your IT infrastructure and building, simply having a backup doesn’t help much. Your business will have to order and re-build your entire IT infrastructure before being able to operate again. Having a DRaaS solution in place or an entirely redundant second location ensures your organization can be back up in running in seconds, if not hours compared to weeks or months without one. Having a solid disaster recovery solution in place is extremely important moving into this especially active hurricane season.
Categorize Your IT Systems
Are you aware of which IT systems and applications are pertinent to the functioning of your organization? Classifying them by importance will help you prioritize them in your disaster recovery planning. One can use DRaaS solutions for those critical systems and use a backup for less critical systems or applications. For organizations who may have a tight budget and few resources this may be the only option.
Review your Disaster Preparedness Plan
Your organization may already have a disaster preparedness plan, the question is, is it up to date? Having one simply isn’t enough if it doesn’t reflect your current IT and corporate environment. Revise your plan to make sure it is current. Your plan should include policies and procedures for business continuity, contingency plans in case of damage to your facilities and employee safety.
Cloud Carib offers disaster recovery and backup solutions to ensure you’re protected this hurricane season. For more information contact us at +1 242 603 0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.