While technology has become an integral part of nearly every business success, the more companies rely on technology, the more prone the companies are exposed to potential data loss, cyberattacks, and other data disasters that may disrupt business operations.

Businesses can protect themselves from unseen data loss disasters by implementing suitable disaster recovery plans. But for a disaster recovery plan to be effective, it must fulfill some elements, as follows.

Define the Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

An RTO determines the time a company needs to recover from a disaster. The period may be minutes, hours, or even days, depending on how much of the company's operations depend on the lost data.

Besides RTO, define the Recovery Point Objective (RPO), which defines the amount of data your business can afford to lose and maintain operations. For example, suppose the RPO for a business is one hour. The company can only lose up to one hour of data and maintain normal operations.

Defining your RTO and RPO gives you insights into the key performance indicators so that you can formulate the most suitable disaster recovery steps for your business. 

Identify Potential Disasters

Every business is different, and what may harm one company may not affect another. Therefore, take your time to determine the specific disasters that can threaten your business operations.

For example, if you are running a web hosting business, your potential disasters may include system outages, cyberattacks, or power loss.

Identify the Available Resources

Once you have identified the potential disasters, determine what resources your business needs to recover from a data disaster. The resources could include IT solutions like backup storage and systems, cloud services, and networking equipment.

You also need human resources such as IT staff with the necessary knowledge and experience to carry out recovery operations and help manage the disaster. Identifying available resources helps you create solutions suitable for your business's disaster recovery needs.

Establish a Response Team

Every business needs an emergency response team to handle disaster situations. The team should be able to assess the situation, take prompt action, and coordinate with other teams to manage disasters effectively.

The response team also needs access to appropriate resources such as IT systems and tools, communication devices, and other equipment related to their designated tasks.

Test the Plan

Testing and drills allow you to identify the weak areas of your current setup, so you can make necessary changes to optimize the disaster recovery operations. Additionally, drills are an opportunity to ensure all team members are familiar with their roles and responsibilities in a given situation.

Disaster recovery plans are essential for businesses to protect themselves from unforeseen disasters. Follow the above tips, and most importantly, consult a managed IT solutions services provider to help determine the right approach for your business. An experienced partner can provide tailored IT solutions to ensure your company is well-equipped to handle any data disaster.