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Are You Planning For The Worst? BlueHat Offers Expert Guidance For Disaster Recovery Planning

Preparing for business interruptions – both natural and human-based – is critical to make sure you can stay up and running, regardless of whether the outage is at the office, in your town, or around the world. Disaster recovery planning is one of the most important requirements of management at a business.

In addition to reliable data backup capability, effective disaster recovery planning will get your business up and running with as little downtime as possible. It provides you with a robust set of tools to give your business the best chance to reopen and recover quickly, and with as little damage as possible to your operations and reputation.

Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? Or could you use our help?

Disaster Recovery Planning With BlueHat Cyber

Why Do You Need Disaster Recovery Planning?

Cybercrime

Data loss is often the result of poor digital security; without the right defenses, cybercriminals can easily infect an IT system with ransomware or other types of malware and compromise company data.

If you have a data backup solution, then it doesn’t matter if your data has been encrypted or compromised. You can just replace it with your backup, simple as that.

Human Error

A majority of cybersecurity services offered today include the best in vital technologies, from firewalls to anti-malware to data encryption and more. However, as important as this technology is, on its own, it simply isn’t enough. The key to truly comprehensive cybersecurity (and therefore, data protection and data backup) is simple, yet often overlooked: the user.

Much of data protection is dependent on the user, and as such it’s vital that you properly educate your employees in safe conduct. The more your workforce knows about the security measures you have in place, the more confidently they can use the technology in a secure manner.

Human error can be detrimental to data integrity. Without a viable backup, all it takes is one accidental click to delete a file, or one spilled coffee to fry a local hard drive.

Maintaining Compliance

When it comes to modern compliance requirements, redundant data backups are critical. You’ll want to make sure you know what’s required of your industry’s compliance regulations, and make sure you have backup methods in place to meet those.

Natural Disasters

Don’t forget that an inconveniently timed power outage could cost you hours of work on an important project.

8 Steps To Developing Your Disaster Recovery Plan

  1. Understand Your Priorities And Processes: How can you protect your processes against disruption if you don’t have a high-level view of how you operate? Disaster recovery planning starts by gathering information — make sure to answer the following questions:
    • What applications and data does your operation use?
    • What is your tolerance for downtime for each application?
    • What is your tolerance for data loss for each application?
    • What dependencies (databases, DNS, Active Directory, Web Services, etc.) are needed for each application?
    • What are the regulatory and compliance requirements (internal and external) for data retention, and for how long?
    • Which applications are essential to keeping business operations running?
    • How do the applications differentiate the business from others in the segment?
  2. Comprehensive Backup Capability: Make sure that all backups are automated and completed within allotted time frames required to meet business recovery and operational requirements.
  3. Consolidate Protection: You can reduce complexity and cost by using a single application and with a single management console to protect all physical and virtual assets.
  4. Understand Data Volatility: Applications with the greatest churn or change (such as inventory or financial data apps) should be prioritized over those whose change is more gradual (e.g., file data).
  5. Map App Interdependency: If you have apps that work in tandem with one another, make sure they are grouped and prioritized effectively for data backup purposes.
  6. Don’t Forget About Bandwidth: As data requirements continue to grow year by year, your demands on your network, storage, and management resources will grow as well. It is recommended that you incorporate global deduplication, which compares and eliminates data copies across all sources.
  7. Acceptable RTO & RPO: Not all backups services are the same, which is why you need to understand the following two metrics:
    • (RTO) Recovery Time Objective: How long will it take to recover files, applications, servers, or full infrastructure?
    • (RPO) Recovery Point Objective: RPO is governed by the frequency of backups. In the old days, backups were performed at the end of the week or at the end of the day. Today can backups be managed continuously. This means very little to no data loss in the event of a recovery, so there’s less lost work to re-do after recovery.
  8. Regular Testing: You can’t assume that your backups will just work when needed. They should regularly test your backups to verify their effectiveness in the event that something goes wrong with your onsite data.

If that sounds complicated, that’s because it is.

The good news is that you don’t have to handle disaster recovery planning on your own. BlueHat Cyber can provide both cloud and hybrid cloud architecture services needed to meet the growing demands of mixed-use data protection, recovery, and compliance and regulatory requirements.

With a convergence of backup appliances and cloud solutions, BlueHat Cyber gives you an integrated, single-point solution that protects the dynamic, high data growth environment that is becoming the norm for most businesses.

BlueHat Cyber’ end-to-end protection recovery assurance architecture guarantees that application-specific RTO and RTO metrics are always met, even for the most complex multi-tier applications. Protection is available locally for immediate recovery and as continued operation in the cloud in the event of a primary site outage. All this is managed by a single-pane glass management console for automating the protection of data across diverse operating systems and virtual environments.

Plus, BlueHat Cyber provides the ability to manage all backup, backup copy, and recovery operations across an organization’s entire infrastructure, including local and remote sites as well as public and private clouds.

What Will BlueHat’s Disaster Recovery Guidance Do For You?

Protect Your Business Assets:

Your information technology will be protected, and your staff will be ready and productive in the event of a disaster. Employees will be informed and rehearsed, and they’ll know what actions to take. This could save your business a lot of downtime and money.

Furthermore, in keeping you running, this service will protect the image, brand, and reputation of your company. If you’re able to continue functioning despite a disaster, your customers will see you as dependable, and your reputation will be enhanced as a result.

Improve Your Business Culture

Your customers will feel confident doing business with you; you’ll be able to keep your commitments and ensure the continuing quality of the services and/or products you deliver. Furthermore, it shows your investors that you take your business seriously, that you’re prepared and ready to maintain productivity.

Your staff will gain an awareness of business operations that they didn’t have before. Disaster recovery planning can often provide staff with useful insights into improving the way they handle tasks, even in areas that hadn’t been previously considered.

Prevention Of Downtime & Other Consequences

If a disaster does occur, the cost of disruptions will be significantly reduced with a disaster recovery solution in place. There will be no disruptions to your supply chain. Your competitive position will be maintained or even improved because you’ll be able to meet your contractual requirements, where others who aren’t protected won’t.

BlueHat Cyber Will Help You Stop Worrying

Aside from all the technical and business benefits offered by our Disaster Recovery services, the bottom line is that we will help you stop worrying. The BlueHat Cyber team will help you avoid and minimize the effects of any disaster that hits — get in touch with our team to start developing your disaster recovery plan.

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