Your IT Recovery Checklist
Many organizations that experience a significant loss of data never fully recover and go out of business shortly thereafter. Lost or destroyed files and network failures can paralyze your operations. That’s why having a reliable backup solution that’s proven, and that you can recover from, is essential.
Before disaster strikes:
Team up with an IT expert. Managing, storing and restoring data requires specific resources and expertise. A trusted IT partner can offer this along with products, services, and facilities to protect your data.
- Account for your high-value data assets.
- Ensure sensitive data is properly encrypted.
- Make sure critical applications are always accessible.
- Do you have a reliable backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place?
- Is it regularly tested?
- Do you have an offsite backup solution? (Store data in a secure cloud.)
- Can you and your employees work remotely if necessary?
- Conduct a Business Impact Analysis to determine the potential effects of an interruption to your critical business operations
- Define what an acceptable recovery time is.
- Can you get back up and running within this timeframe?
- Regularly evaluate your preparedness program.
- Develop a contact list for employees, vendors, and customers, and determine the best way to communicate.
Steps to take after a disaster:
Contact your IT expert to:
- Determine what critical systems may have been affected.
- Find out if the issue is confined to one workstation or more?
- Ascertain if your server and network were affected?
- Verify that all your files are intact, or some have been lost or deleted?
- Ensure no additional data was written to the drive after files were lost.
- Prioritize your recovery goals and tasks.
- Establish a comprehensive plan for recovery.
- Should you try to recover your data before restoring your system?
- What backup date and time should you use to recover from?
- Help to get and keep your lines of communication open.