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6 Steps to Recover from a Disaster

February 03, 2020
6 Steps to Recover from a Disaster

When Disaster Strikes

When disaster strikes on your business, whether it be from natural disaster or cyber crime, it can be extremely stressful and confusing on the next steps to take. In this blog post we will discuss the 6 steps for recovery in the event of a disaster.

Steps to Take After Disaster Strikes

Disaster can strike at any time, and if you do not have a disaster and recovery plan in place, the aftermath can be detrimental to your business. To learn more about creating the right disaster recovery plan for your business check out our free on-demand webinar where we discuss with Datto, the industry leader in Business Continuity the importance of a disaster recovery plan and how to implement one for your business.

Disasters can strike in many different forms ranging from a natural disaster to cyberattacks, such as ransomware. However, when you have a solid foundation and plan in place, recovery steps can be fluid and less painful.

6 Step Recovery Process After Disaster Strikes

Step 1: Assess the problem and its impact on your business

Take a step back and look at the overall problem and how it has truly affected your business. Every disaster is different. Before doing anything, understand the underlying issue and how it may affect you. Have major systems been affected? Are items salvageable? No matter your circumstances, it is important to not skip this step and truly understand the total affects of the disaster on your overall business.

Step 2: Establish recovery goals

Now that you understand the effects of the disaster on your business, it is important to establish the recovery goals next. Recovery is what makes a BDR solution different from a simple backup product. Plan out your road to recovery.

Step 3: Select Appropriate Recovery Types

To get to your “road to recovery”, the appropriate recovery procedure must be followed. Think about which approach will best get you to your end goal: -Local virtualization -File restore -Off-site virtualization

Step 4: Verify the recovery and confirm functionality with users

Once a recovery is verified it is time to confirm that it interacts positively with users. Test network connectivity and ensure all users can access resources and applications.

Step 5: Restore the original system(s), if needed

If the original system(s) needs to be restored, decide which restoration process will work best.

Step 6: Self-assess afterwards

After it’s all said and done, take a step back and think about it:

-How well did your team do? -What could you have done differently? -What caused the overall issues? -What disaster recovery goals need to be addressed for future planning? -How can you better protection from future disasters?

If you are ready to put together a custom disaster recovery plan for your business and need help getting started, contact us today!

We can help evaluate your disaster recovery plan, establish goals, and put in place a business continuity plan that gives you peace of mind!

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