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How to make sure your disaster recovery assessment is effective

12 Feb 2019

ComportSecure recently announced the vital steps that comprise an effective disaster recovery assessment.

Comport principal cloud architect Eric Young says, "You must be fully aware of how to analyse your disaster recovery infrastructure. 

"Business continuity is one of the most important aspects of modern business, and it will become more so as digital infrastructures become increasingly complex and connected."

Savvy organisations are taking their disaster recovery seriously. With security threats more abundant than ever, protecting data is more important than ever. 

As you innovate, your data protection must rise at the same rate. Ask the hard questions and determine if you are investing enough with the threats currently plaguing businesses.

Steps to keep in mind: 

Ask critical questions. How long can you afford to be down, and how close are you to that goal? Can you afford to be down at all? The average cost of downtime is $5,600 per minute. 

If you have complex applications, they may take longer to come back up. You may also have vital applications that cannot go down for any reason.

Examine your current technology. Part of disaster recovery is testing the infrastructure on a regular basis. 

Is your organisation backing up your data within the current window and tracking failed backups? Are recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives must be met consistently. Is your data protected at rest and in flight?

Compensate for acts of nature and human error. Part of security is learning how to use current technology to automate the processes that are most susceptible to downtime because of unexpected accidents. 

Are you really protected if something happens, be honest with yourself and fix the gaps.

Every company should map its requirements to its current situation. 

Set goals and see how far off you are from them. Calculate the potential issues you will have from a worst-case scenario.

If you are nervous about any of the things mentioned above, working with an organisation that provides both traditional data protection options and DRaaS may be a wise choice. 

They can assess your current environment, create a disaster recovery plan to support your particular needs. Taking this precaution ahead of time may just save your company.

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