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What to Include in Your Disaster Continuity Plan

You’ve probably heard that knowledge means nothing if the person doesn’t apply it to their everyday life. Believe it or not, the same can be said for having a disaster continuity plan. Many businesses know just how important it is to be prepared, but the problem is that they’re not using their knowledge effectively. Most business disasters are unique, and it’s important that each one’s handled differently. For example, you wouldn’t deal with a power outage the same way you would handle a natural disaster. The former might cause a loss of data, but the latter could actually impact or even destroy the building itself. When creating a disaster continuity plan, what should you keep in mind?

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6-Point Bank Business Continuity Plan Checklist

In the finance industry, disasters are especially dangerous. Disruptions to a single bank’s operations have the power to tarnish the brand and disrupt entire markets. Data losses can compromise the financial information of thousands of customers. To avert these scenarios, a bank business continuity plan must account for every disaster possible, along with the proper protocols.

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The Right Disaster Recovery RTO Is Crucial For Your Business

As a small business owner or manager, you realize that downtime is measured not just in hours and days, but also in lost revenue and lost opportunities. That’s why when a disaster of some kind hits your company and your operations are down, your primary concern (after the safety of employees and any others who might be affected) will be the question: when can we be up and running again? The answer to that question will depend, in large part, on how quickly you planned to be able to resume operations after a disruption. That’s why your disaster recovery plan (DRP) should be based on a disaster recovery RTO that is appropriate for your particular business functions and IT infrastructure.

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Can’t Have Downtime? Use this Manufacturing Disaster Recovery Plan Template

When disaster strikes a manufacturing operation, production comes screeching to a halt. And with every minute of downtime that goes by, you lose more money. To help you prepare for the unexpected, we’ve put together this Manufacturing Disaster Recovery Plan Template, which outlines the organizational steps you’ll need to take, both before and after an emergency occurs.

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The 3 Critical Aspects of Email Disaster Recovery

Email is important to any business, and it’s never more important than when things go badly wrong. Customers and partners want to know what the situation is and how soon things will be back to normal.

A disaster recovery plan needs to set priorities for restoring service. Email needs to be near the top of the list, so that communication isn’t disrupted any longer than necessary. Email disaster recovery has three aspects that you need to know.

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Important: The Scope Of A Business Continuity Plan

You’ve worked hard to build up your business, and it’s growing. The future looks bright. Then you get the news every small business owner or manager dreads – there’s been a fire, or a flood, or perhaps a tornado, or even an earthquake. Whatever the reason, your place of business has been rendered unusable, and for the moment at least, your entire operation has come to a halt. You need to know what makes up a killer business continuity plan.

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Get the inside scoop: Datto vs Unitrends

Two of the most popular services in the hybrid cloud data backup and disaster recovery industry are Datto and Unitrends. A hybrid cloud service is a professional data backup and disaster recovery entity that provides backup services on both hardware and cloud platforms. This allows people to have the convenience of a hardware backup with the security of the virtual cloud. Because there are numerous options for data backup and disaster recovery, business leaders need to consider the qualities of every service before making a decision. Some of the details of Datto vs Unitrends are summarized here.

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3 Reasons You Need a HIPAA Disaster Recovery Plan

Years ago it was common for hospitals and other HIPAA compliant health care organizations to focus on their daily operations instead of a disaster plan. Now, more leaders want to prepare a disaster recovery plan beforehand that will restore and protect their patient’s data during a natural disaster or system failure. Below are three detailed reasons why you should develop a HIPAA disaster recovery plan.

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5 Tips to Selecting the Perfect MSP Partner

If you are looking to work with an MSP, you know there are a lot of options. So many options, in fact, that it can seem overwhelming. Which means, finding a technology partner that complements your business is no easy task. Here is a list of 5 tips that you can use to help narrow down the field.

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4 Reasons to Update A Hospital Business Continuity Plan

When a computer virus infected the IT systems of a UK hospital group in November 2016, the group was forced to halt operations at three hospitals. For five excruciating days, the hospitals turned patients away while they shut down their systems to isolate and remove the virus. According to a report in Computing.co.uk, some experts now speculate there may not have been a hospital business continuity plan in place that would have helped to keep the facilities running during the disaster.

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The 9-Point Checklist for Disaster Recovery Plans

A tornado will strike your office at 8:37 tonight. Will your business be up and running again tomorrow? If you haven’t planned for a worst-case scenario, the answer is no: not tomorrow and possibly not ever. We’ve created this simple checklist for disaster recovery plans to help you plan for how you’ll restore your operations after a disaster.

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Important Overview of Key Datto Products

Last week, we outlined some of the technology that protects your data and business against downtime, ultimately setting Datto apart and leaving any competition in the dust. Now, let’s take a look at the Datto products themselves. Today, we’ll cover the Datto SIRIS, Datto NAS, Backupify as well as the Datto Drive and Datto DNA.

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You Can’t Afford to Ignore RTO Business Continuity Requirements

A disaster that puts a business offline can destroy it. A fire, flood, or theft can interrupt its activities so long that it never recovers. To avoid this scenario, it’s necessary to have a disaster recovery plan to maintain business continuity. It needs to specify how the business will keep its data safe and how it will restore it. Besides this, it needs one more “how”: How long will it take to restore functionality?

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Unknown Truth Behind Auditing a Business Continuity Plan

A business continuity plan is a detailed document describing how a business will restore its essential functions as soon as possible in the event of a disaster. If your business experiences some type of disaster, you owe it to your customers and stakeholders to get up and running with minimal disruption as soon as possible. According to TechTarget, when auditing a business continuity plan, the goal should be to “determine whether the plan is effective and in line with the company’s objectives.” A good audit will identify weaknesses in the business continuity plan and suggest ways in which it can be improved.

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