To get started, break down your disaster recovery plan into who, what, which, when/where, and how.
Build a DRP team. Ask yourself: Who will create or maintain the plan? Who do we contact in an emergency? Who works with which systems? Do we have full-time specialists who manage backup and recovery? Create your taskforce first.
Identify risks and causes. For example, what are the chances of natural disasters (hurricane, flood, earthquake), man-made risks (explosions, blackouts)? What about technology incidents (cyberattacks, system failure, data sabotage)? Analyze how likely each of these are, and how severe the impact, so you can allocate resources and develop your response.
Determine critical resources (applications, files, documents, access). Which of these must be saved or restored first because business operations depend on them? Which generate or secure revenue? Take inventory—and classify threats in terms of business priority. This tells you where to start.
Specify disaster recovery procedures for backup and off-site storage. How often do I need to back up data and where do I store it? Make task lists specific, yet as simple as possible. Include details of how to handle critical offline communication and sensitive data.
Test the plan and maintain it. Does everyone know how to react? Will your plan rescue essential data? Through various disaster recovery drills (details below), you can test the effectiveness. Then adjust, review and renew the process regularly.
Through disaster recovery planning, you can improve risk awareness. With The riskmethods SolutionTM, real-time monitoring alerts you of potential threats. You learn immediately of data breaches, natural disasters, or power outages, among others. You can react faster to minimize damage in your supply network.