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Does your small business need a disaster recovery plan?

The sad reality is that most small businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan and most will not survive a catastrophic incident without one. The cost of downtime per hour can cripple a small business. Multiply that by several hours or days and the consequences can be dire.

Our experts at Uwannawat IT outline the basic framework for a disaster recovery plan.

What is a disaster recovery plan?

A disaster recovery plan is a system of procedures that you and your employers will follow to restore business functions in the event of an unplanned catastrophe, including a pandemic or natural disaster.

Estimating the business impact of a disaster

Estimating the business impact of a disaster is just as important as assessing the affected networks, systems and equipment. You cannot contain the damages of a catastrophic event if you do not understand what they are. To estimate the business impact, it is important to understand your business like a mechanic knows the inner workings of a car.

What are the risks of not having a disaster recovery strategy?

Disruptions can lead to lost revenue, brand damage and unhappy customers. The longer the recovery time, the greater the adverse business impact. Find out more about the risks of not having a disaster recovery strategy here.

The importance of conducting a risk assessment

Risk assessment is the process of identifying threats. It calculates the level of risk it poses on a given subject. A risk assessment will help prepare you for disaster recovery planning and implementation. It might include:

  • Inventory of all the systems, networks, workflows and security measures that comprise your business infrastructure.
  • Identify vulnerabilities and recommend updates.
  • Determine if there are tools that you are missing from your business community survival kits, such as redundancy and backup solutions or cybersecurity measures.

What is the difference between threats and risks?

Threats are entities that have the potential to inflict harm by targeting your business. Risks consider the likelihood of a threat affecting your business. Even if a threat exists, the level of risk may vary depending on various conditions.

What is the difference between a cold site and hot site?

A cold site is the most basic type of disaster recovery site. It only includes provisions for power and physical space to support your backup IT infrastructure. It doesn’t include the IT infrastructure itself. A hot site is a complete facility that has everything you need to resume your small business operations.

Uwannawat – the best disaster recovery services in Mornington

No business is invincible against a significant pandemic or large natural disaster but with the right preparations, businesses can endure the unthinkable. Founded in 2011, Uwannawat IT Mornington offers the best disaster recovery services in Mornington. Led by highly respected owner and director Graham Reid, our specialist team delivers innovative IT solutions, backed by excellent client support. There’s no need to have a costly IT department. You can have peace of mind knowing that Uwannawat IT Mornington are here for you.

To find out how Uwannawat IT can help your organisation, call 1300 UWANNA or email us. We operate Victoria wide with clients from Geelong to Ballarat to Kyneton to Whittlesea to Lakes Entrance to McCrea and many points in between.

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