Disasters are unpredictable and devasting. Whether it is a natural disaster or a cyberattack, the damage to businesses and IT infrastructure is unavoidable. While we don’t have much construction experience, we can certainly help the recovery process by sharing our tips and insight to answer the question: Why is disaster recovery important (and why every company needs it).
What is a disaster recovery plan?
From NIST, a disaster recovery plan is “A written plan for processing critical applications in the event of a major hardware or software failure or destruction of facilities.”
Essentially, a disaster recovery plan enables IT infrastructure to be recovered in seconds after a disaster or downtime. That includes business-critical data, systems, desktops, servers and all other components within the infrastructure.
The main goal of a disaster recovery plan is to minimize downtime in the event of a disruption. Did you know that downtime is costly for businesses? An hour of downtime costs $8,000 for a small company, $74,000 for a medium company and $700,000 for a large enterprise.
Do you really need disaster recovery?
A disaster recovery plan is a form of insurance for everything that falls under the IT umbrella. Just as you would insure your house, employees and business, it’s best to protect the crown jewels of the business (IT and the data). Let’s explore how a disaster recovery plan paid off for our BriteStar customers:
Lupton Associate’s Ransomware Attack: An attack locked all users out and held systems hostage and demanded a ransom. Instead of paying, systems were restored from a backup and operations were back up and running with only 15 minutes of downtime. Read the whole story here: “Small Business. Big IT Problems.”
Fire at Shadow Lake Golf and Racquet Club: After a kitchen fire destroyed the club’s office and physical IT setup, the BriteStar team jumped into action to set the team up with a temporary office and computers. Thanks to the disaster recovery plan and cloud backups, no data was lost, and Shadow Lake resumed operations the same day. Read how the proactive plan avoided more headaches on an already stressful day: “Proactively Mitigating the Effect of Disaster”
No company can anticipate a cyberattack or fire (or any natural disaster). However, the responsibility is on the company to be prepared if one does occur.