3 Elements of a Multi-Tiered Disaster Recovery Plan

3 Elements of a Multi-Tiered Disaster Recovery Plan

Backup isn’t the only element of disaster recovery, but it’s one of the most important.

Make sure you have all of your data covered, and recoverable, with these three strategies.

Why do you need different types of backup in your disaster recovery plan?

Different types of disasters need different responses. Even the same type of data loss at different points of the day could lead to different response scenarios. Make sure you’re prepared for as many variables as possible by:

Using incremental data backup and storage.

Constantly backing your data up to your main server can cause a drag on your system that slows down business. But monthly, weekly, or even daily backup still gives large windows of time for lost information. Use a cloud-based incremental data storage system. This quick but shallow backup system can cover any gaps before your scheduled systemic backups.

Having offline storage, too.

Online storage is much more convenient. Most small businesses are turning towards online service portals and internal organization tools, which means most data is stored online, anyway. But being able to tap into customer and business information even when the network is done can be essential to keeping at least part of your operations going during an emergency.

Creating multiple backup dates instead of overwriting data.

Data caps still exist, even if it’s harder and harder to reach them. Whether it’s a cap in your cloud storage subscription or just the physical constraints on your local server, these caps often dictate backup strategies.

But don’t just overwrite older comprehensive backups with new ones. A lot of errors and corruptions build up over time, and, unless you’re looking for them, they’re usually not caught until the device or network falls apart.

Keep multiple backups so you have a reliable restore point and access to newer data.

For more tips to build up your disaster recovery plan, contact us.

Is Your Business Ready for Investors to Take a Closer Look?

Is Your Business Ready for Investors to Take a Closer Look?

Investors rarely care about the nature of your business, they care if you’re business ready.

They might not even care about the long-term profitability of your business. What they want to know is how quickly they’re going to get their money back and what type of return they should be expecting.

In their search to find the hard answers, there are a few things that they look for. If you have these elements, they know you’re serious and your business is likely to be reliable.

If you don’t have them, each missing element is a red flag.

Do you have data backup?

Every business runs on data, regardless of the niche or services, customer contact information, audit records, employee data, and license specs. The more data you have, and the more you can do with the data, the better your business will consistently run.

But investors want to know what you’ll do if part of that data ever gets corrupted or disappears. If part of the profit evaporates with it, then your business isn’t safe. So make sure your data is backed up on either a dedicated server or the cloud.

Many businesses streamline their backups by having intermittent recovery points, when all of the information in the system is downloaded as it is, as well as daily storage that captures smaller changes in in-progress work.

Multiple recovery points help mitigate common corruption errors that slowly degrade data over time because of computer glitches that can’t be caught.

Do you have business continuity and disaster recovery plans?

These are two different plans. One is about how you plan on having business operations continue in the middle of an emergency or major malfunction, while the other details how you’re going to get all the systems and data back to peak performance again.

If you don’t have these plans, investors will think you’re not prepared for problems. Make sure you have plans that are detailed enough that any employee can open the plan and know exactly what to do.

If you want to make your network stronger and your business ready for investors contact us.

Building a Disaster Recovery Plan for HIPAA Compliance

Building a Disaster Recovery Plan for HIPAA Compliance

If your business needs to follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996’s, or HIPAA’s, requirements, then you need to have a disaster recovery plan. Many small companies accidentally conflate the ideas of a business continuity plan and a disaster recovery plan. Keep the two separate and stay in compliance.

What is the difference between business continuity and disaster recovery?

Both of the two plans have similar circumstances and preparation work. They outline the procedures you have in place to keep backup data safe and ready to use in the event of an emergency, and they both have action steps for when they are triggered.

But they also serve different purposes: a business continuity plan outlines how to keep your company moving during an ongoing emergency while a disaster recovery plan outlines how your IT department will bring the backup data securely to the forefront. One is about keeping the network as undamaged as possible while the other is about repairing damaged data stores.

How can you build a robust disaster recovery plan?

Different companies use different strategies. Before you get stuck with too many options and not enough specifics online, follow these steps:

Ask your IT support company

While IT support companies can’t tell you what other businesses in your state and industry are doing, they know what every plan should include. Tap into their advice (and possible templates) so you know your plan is compliant and competitive with other plans.

Go to Health Resources & Services Administration directly

If you don’t know what your plan and cybersecurity requirements are, it’s harder to stay compliant. Even as you use other resources to pull a plan together, find what HIPAA has to say word-for-word.

If you want to get started building out your disaster recovery plan, contact us.