Disaster recovery plans contain a lot of unknowns; they need to be flexible to be effective. However, your plan needs to be based on what you know, what you can predict based on thoughtful analysis and a few key elements that keep your business thriving.
Key elements of DR
Your disaster recovery plan must address the key elements contributing to your business’s bottom line. Despite many unknowns, what a business does know is the elements that are vital to overall success:
- Revenue: The company’s main form of income
- Cost: How much it takes to create the product or deliver service
- Assets: The companies economic resources, both tangible and intangible
- Expectations: How much confidence external stakeholders have in the company’s ability to perform
- Foundations: The functions that support core business: HR, finance, accounting, etc.
Regardless of company size or industry these key elements remain the same. Focusing attention in these key areas is vital to staying afloat and recovering from a disaster. Each area must be evaluated and included in your disaster recovery; how will they be affected by disaster and what can you do to ensure they each recover quickly?
Plan for the future today
When creating your disaster recovery plan, analyse potential risks and how they will affect each area listed above. Create a plan that includes day to day risk mitigation as well as long-term protection.
Create a diverse DR team
Put together a team of subject matter experts from each key area of your business to ensure that the disaster recovery plan doesn’t leave anything necessary out. The more input you get from different departments, the more buy-in you will be able to get for your plan.
When planning for potential disasters you won’t know all the potential threats, but you do know what your business needs to succeed. Make sure your disaster recovery plan covers all of them.