Managing an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
It’s not really very difficult to manage an IT disaster recovery plan. The most basic, but still effective and essential elements include having a clearly defined emergency response plan, making sure that all personnel are aware of the plan, and developing a communications system to ensure that disaster recovery plans are communicated across the company.
An emergency response plan is a standard procedure for any company who has an IT-based system in place. It is not just there to take care of any unforeseen problem or issue that may occur during the plan. It should be specifically designed to handle a disaster situation such as a data loss or a power outage or a virus or a deliberate attack on the network.
However, even if your emergency response plan is perfectly well put together, it still might not be sufficient to protect the company against another disaster. This is where the next step would be taken. All the company employees must be told that this plan is available for a good reason. If the plan isn’t being used, it’s time to make it.
Having a good communications system makes a big difference in the quality of disaster recovery plans.
A communications system that can reach the employees without a delay, and thus be used, is a real asset. Unfortunately, this is something that most companies do not have in place.
A disaster recovery plan is only as good as the people who develop it. Without proper communication, the plan is not going to work as intended. There are some ways to improve the quality of the communication.
First of all, the company’s leadership should do their part. The first thing that the company’s leadership should do is to acknowledge the need for it, even if it’s a little remote. It’s a reminder to everyone that there is a need for disaster recovery plans and that ifthis doesn’t happen, then the company is in serious trouble.
The company’s leadership should encourage and facilitate employees in applying these plans. For example, a good way to encourage this would be to make sure that each employee has his or her own copy of the plan.
While people are coming up with solutions, the leaders of the company should constantly remind them about the importance of staying informed about the plan.
As the plan develops, these reminders will become more frequent and more important.
When disaster recovery plans are first set up, the information should be passed from one employee to another. Also, when employees start having problems getting the information, the leaders should tell them to wait a while before contacting someone else. The longer the wait, the less likely it is that they’ll get the information they need.
When disaster recovery information becomes available, the leaders of the company should instruct the workers to use the information for their own advantage. Any information that’s now becoming available should be made available to everyone so that no one loses out because of delayed access.
- And, the best time to make this happen is right after a disaster has occurred, when every employee is available to get the information.
- If you want a truly excellent communication system for your company, put a team of highly skilled professionals on it.
- The better your team is, the better your plan will be for ensuring that it works.