Computer Data Recovery is Important (so keep it simple)

by | Sep 16, 2014 | Business Continuity

Do you have a computer data recovery plan?

One minute the data is at your fingertips; the next minute everything is wiped clean. Without the proper precautions, companies have no choice but to start over. A computer data recovery plan is exactly what companies need in case the unexpected happens.

Protecting every computer in the company is the number one priority. Hard copies of files in file cabinets, drawers and suitcases/bags can get into the wrong hands and used against you. Along with physical protection, software and online protection must be a priority. Hackers, viruses, vandalism, computer failures, identity theft and natural disasters threaten valuable data and the lack of a plan will ruin the entire company. Think about accounting software and systems, online databases, LAN files, files on the computer, archives and password protected encrypted information.

The level of protection is very important. The amount of protection you need will depend on how often you will use it and the value of the items. Highly classified and confidential documents need maximum levels of protection such as offsite location and data replication. Anything lower can go as low as disk or tape backup. As a business backing up files to the cloud, flash drives and/or CD/DVD are a small part of keeping your files in the right hands.

Think about every question pertaining to backing up your files and draft it up in a data recovery plan. From simple to complex, these questions need thorough answers that leave no room for second-guessing. Examples of questions to ask are “Who is responsible for notifying the company of data failure/disaster?” and “What is the chain of command during a data failure/disaster?”

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Finally test out the data recovery plan. Test the systems to see if there’s a chance of failing. Test the chain of command to see if they know their job if something should happen. Test the workers to see how they react to data failure. Testing shows you what is weak or missing and encourages you to strengthen your plan.

It’s imperative that companies plan for computer data recovery because there is too much at stake to lose. Bouncing back after something like this will make your business stronger.  Contact us for more information.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.