IT disaster recovery plan

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Businesses should develop an IT disaster recovery plan. It begins by compiling an inventory of hardware (e.g. servers, desktops, laptops and wireless devices), software applications and data. The plan should include a strategy to ensure that all critical information is backed up.

Identify critical software applications and data and the hardware required to run them. Using standardized hardware will help to replicate and reimage new hardware. Ensure that copies of program software are available to enable re-installation on replacement equipment. Prioritize hardware and software restoration.

A multi-pronged approach is needed to ensure important data is never lost to a disaster.

Redundancy

A cloud based strategy is often preferred due to simple maintenance on a daily basis and accessibility in a crisis.Also take all of your data that is stored in the cloud and back it up to secondary cloud accounts. This will prevent any loss of data in case something happens to the main cloud account. Many businesses would go under and be unable to recover if they lose all of their data- legal documents, contracts, client information, billing and financial data, customer databases and much more.

Security

Protect power sources, data, and equipment from unauthorized personnel; secure components from physical danger like seismic activity.

Systems maintenance

Keep up with software upgrades to minimize published security issues, and change passwords regularly.