Companies that want to improve their disaster preparedness should not simply focus on how they respond following such disruptions, but how they prepare for these incidents. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery recently hosted a webinar detailing the importance of a thorough disaster recovery plan, which will help firms keep their most critical assets safe during a hurricane, tornado or other powerful event.
Mark Norton, senior continuity planner at Agility, asserted that companies must focus on more than just the recovery of their data following a disruption, Finance & Commerce reported.
“If you don’t have your people there to work with this data and to analyze the data and use this data, you still don’t have an operating business,” Norton said, according to the news source.
Norton also said that senior staff members must educate the rest of a company’s personnel about the recovery plan. This can include anything from regularly scheduled drills to teaching employees about the most effective building exit plans.
More businesses realizing importance of disaster recovery
There is no telling when or where the next major disaster will strike and more businesses are realizing that not having a thorough recovery plan is no longer an option. A survey conducted by ITWeb and ContinuitySA found that approximately 79 percent of firms have a recovery and continuity plan, compared to more than 20 percent that do not or are unsure.
Organizations considering implementing an effective recovery and continuity plan are in for many advantages, according to ContinuitySA Managing Director Michael Davies.
“The main obvious benefit is to continue business with minimal disruption,” Davies said. “Another benefit is to give clients peace of mind and ensure that delivery to them is reliable. Of course, to maintain or build the reputation of the company is important too.”
Companies that continue to operate without a comprehensive recovery and continuity plan are playing a dangerous game with their most sensitive data and critical assets. Continued downtime not only results in lost productivity and revenue opportunities, but impact customers who may become frustrated with businesses that are not always available. Although implementing a recovery solution is one step, firms must also make sure all personnel know what to do in the event of a dangerous incident.