5 Essential DRP Creation Tips
1. Disaster Recovery Plan Basics
Your DRP should include a thorough document that details the ins and outs of the plan, from emergency contacts through succession planning. Creating this plan may require an up-front investment, but it can prevent your company from becoming one of the unfortunate 10 percent that eventually fail because of a disaster.
2. Understanding The Threats & Consequences
A key piece of developing an effective DRP is to understand the threats that you may face and the impact those threats can have on both day-to-day operations and your long-term business success. If your company’s phone system fails, personal cell phones could provide a temporary solution. This is a seemingly minor challenge with a relative simple fix.
3. Prevention, Detection & Correction
Your company’s disaster recovery plan should include three key types of measures:
- Preventative measures are designed to mitigate or prevent an event from happening.
- Detective measures may detect or uncover unwanted events.
- Corrective measures focus on fixing or restoring the systems after a disaster.
4. Address Data Loss
What causes data loss? Oftentimes, the loss is due to file system corruption, internal virtual disk corruption, deleted virtual machines, storage/server hardware failures and deleted or corrupt files. The good news is that proper data backup can prevent these problems from disrupting workflow or losing key data.
5. Test the Plan
Once you have created the initial DRP, it is important to test the plan. Employees should be thoroughly trained on their role(s) in executing the plan and feel comfortable fulfilling their role(s) in the event of a disaster. Be sure that all employees have virtual and remote access to these positions and job functions in the event of a disaster.