I want you to imagine just for a moment. What if any piece of the fabric that makes up your business IT infrastructure were to simply stop working? Let’s pretend. An entire branch office network goes down. Pam pops her head up, “I can’t open any of my files!” Paul agrees, “Looks like email is down, too. Ugh!” Everyone is just standing around twiddling their thumbs while the productivity of an entire office has ground to a halt. Bob has his own problems out in the field. He can’t access any CAD drawings critical to his project deadline because the VPN is down. Patty is suffering from panic attack because it’s payday and ADP is not responding. The list goes on. If your business suffered a serious outage, what would you do? Do you have a plan – a disaster recovery plan?
I’m generally quite tickled when I find a customer who has a decent amount of knowledge about their business network. I often find the most basic questions asked to customers are met with confused looks and an awkward pause. It’s scary to think so many businesses run without knowledgeable IT staff or at least a person responsible for maintaining the details. Equally as puzzling, is the amount of user unawareness combined with a severe lack of least privilege implementations I find. Users possess way more access to network resources than they require for their particular job role resulting in unnecessary risk.
Good News or Bad News
A solid disaster recovery strategy will, in most cases, lead to successful and semi-painless recoveries. I’m happy. You’re happy. In and out. Done and done! On the other hand, folks failing to pay close attention to the foundation that runs their everyday business systems could lead to gut-wrenching realizations of complete data loss. It’s never easy to inform a customer that their data is gone, forever. To me it feels like I’m the surgeon coming out to inform the family that their loved one is no longer.
Make Disaster Recovery a Priority
When incidents occur that impact your business, a well formulated and tested disaster recovery plan will help ensure a successful recovery experience. In conclusion, I highly urge any business to budget for and seek out a business continuity planning specialist today to provide for strategic disaster recovery you’ll wish you had tomorrow.