Organisations have been tested globally throughout 2020 by suddenly needing to adjust to new working environments. Much like the global pandemic suddenly changing the way we work; disasters are often unexpected and relatively sudden. This doesn’t mean that it’s not worth planning for potential disasters though – in fact, it’s the key to maintaining a resilient and prosperous business long term. Having access to the right IT support in a crisis is essential, and this takes some planning.
Your business relies on data, applications and documents to stay operational. Have you ever thought about what might happen if your workforce suddenly lost access to everything they need?
Spoiler alert: it’s not a pretty picture.
Disaster recovery plans enable you to assess the potential risks facing your business and come up with solutions in case a crisis occurs. A common misconception is that disasters are only massive catastrophic natural disasters or global issues. In reality, everything from a hardware failure, to a flood or a dodgy phishing email could cause harm to your business.
If you’re unsure of how quickly your business could recover from any such disaster – then backing up your data and implementing a disaster recovery plan is essential.
Here are five reasons why your business should have a backup and disaster recovery plan:
1. Minimise downtime
Become operational, faster. Minimising downtime is one of the key reasons why implementing a disaster recovery (DR) plan is so essential. Some disasters can’t be prevented, but reducing the interruption to workflows and delivery for clients will make the disaster much more manageable.
2. Save money
Disasters cost all businesses, no matter what plans are in place. However, implementing a DR plan is the most cost-effective way to face any crisis. When disaster does strike, if you have a plan in place, you will save money on panic purchases and last resorts to get your business operational again. Don’t lose money and customers by being unprepared.
Suddenly needing to pay out additional costs in a crisis is the last thing anyone needs. It’s vital to invest in DR solutions now to set yourself up well and budget accordingly in case a disaster does come your way.
3. Protect your data
Businesses of all sizes are potential targets for cyber-attacks. Cyber-crime is on the rise, and the threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. As well as this, it’s worth remembering that the leading cause of data loss is human error. Human errors account for over 60% of data breaches. Sadly, this means it’s easier than you might think for your data to be at risk, and data-related crises are widespread.
Protecting your data will result in happier clients and staff as you will be reassuring them that you take security seriously and have thought about their interests.
4. Boost productivity
If your workforce finds itself unable to operate as usual as a result of a disaster, overall productivity will plummet. An effective DR plan will ensure that you can provide a continuity of service, which will keep your staff motivated, your clients happy, and your business ahead of your competitors.
5. Prepare for the future
If your business has a robust DR plan, you are demonstrating to clients, stakeholders and staff that you are reliable long-term. Taking data protection seriously by backing it up will keep everyone happy and will help to protect your business’ reputation should a disaster strike.
Businesses can easily take operational IT systems for granted – but when disaster strikes, you realise how vital they are. Having a robust data and disaster recovery plan in place could save yourself a lot of headaches in the future.
The best disaster recovery plans are not generalised but specific to your business needs. You can have full control over creating a tailored plan that will benefit your business—the best.
If you’re not sure where to start, download this free Britannia IT guide to creating a Disaster Recovery Plan.
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