Every business should have a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) in place in case of hardware damage or a security breach. IT means that information, including both internal and external personal data, is protected and kept secure should these circumstances occur. The downtime caused by damage to IT infrastructure can then be limited, but it also means that data is recoverable.
Covering legal requirements
Disaster Recovery Planning is not just practical, but it is a legal necessity in some ways. For example if customer data is compromised, this fails to adhere to the Data Protection Act of 1998. Companies violating this can face severe legal action and financial penalties, as well as long-lasting damage to their brand and customer relationships which can harm future business. Not every business will have the same data protection requirements, and every company will work best with a DRP that is designed to meet their specifications. With this in mind, what should your bespoke DRP include?
Staff training and roles
Staff training should take place as part of your DRP, and certain members of staff may need to be responsible for certain jobs should a disaster occur. Responsibilities should be made clear ahead of time and processes and procedures should be made completely clear. This means that RTO and recovery times can be decreased and your clients will experience little if any effect of this downtime, since all data will be recovered quickly.
Security measures should be in place
Should a data breach be attempted, there are things that can be done to prevent this having further consequences. Your IT provider should put measures in place ranging from simple passwords to encrypting files, whilst also storing data offsite in case hardware is stolen. Other elements like firewalls, different software and implementing permissions for personal devices used for work can be effective too, and all part of helping to recover data in the event of a breach.
Cloud based backups
Backups to the cloud should be included within any DRP as well as a part of everyday functionality of the IT infrastructure. Backups to an external cloud server offer flexibility when working, but also means that data is recoverable through regular backups. Should hardware be damaged, minimal data is likely to be lost, so this virtual infrastructure is a vital part of any IT setup to enable greater Disaster Recovery for businesses.
Disaster Recovery for the alternative investment sector
Long periods of downtime are not viable for the fast pace of the alternative investment sector, which is why it is so important to have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place. Every business will have different needs based on storage needs, setup requirements and other factors so often a bespoke solution is what is needed to best meet these demands.
Find out more about secure DRP for your business by giving the netConsult team a call today on 020 7100 3310.
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