when the worst happens? As an important city policy that should not be
neglected, a disaster recovery and business continuity policy outlines how to
recover electronic data after a catastrophe. Because cities cannot predict when
a disaster such as a fire, flooding, or tornado will occur, it’s essential that
a disaster recovery plan is in place.
So what do
you need to cover in your policy? Here are five essential elements to help get
data volume and priorities may be different. It helps your policy if you
outline risks specific to your city such as:
probably the most important aspect of your disaster recovery and business
continuity policy. What exactly will you do when a disaster strikes? You will
want to outline:
words, who will do what? You have multiple people who need to be clear about
their roles. Focusing on people, processes, documentation, and a plan helps
everyone become aware of their roles. And you must prepare for the worst
because, sadly, not everyone may make it through a disaster event.
Any sound disaster
recovery plan needs onsite and offsite storage capabilities.
Don’t be the
city that sets up a wonderful data backup and disaster recovery solution—and
then never test it. How do you know it will work? Your policy should include
regular testing. Quarterly is ideal, but annual should be an absolute minimum.
IT professionals should also regularly monitor your data backups to look for
problems, errors, and data corruption.
find that reviewing these elements helps them realize they need to upgrade and
modernize their data backup and disaster recovery solution. Common weak areas
usually include no offsite data backup, manual (instead of automated) data
backups, and a lack of IT professionals overseeing data backup. While creating
a policy, you want to make sure you can carry out the most important aspects of
effective disaster recovery and business continuity.
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