In Huntington (and for businesses everywhere) the definition of disaster recovery is rather intuitive. It is a process within a plan. The plan is, according to TechTarget, “a documented, structured approach with instructions for responding to unplanned incidents.”
An incident is something that is apart from normal operations and can result in a failure or stoppage of some vital business service. Your ability to return to normal operations is dependent on how well you planned for quick restoration of business functions that generate income and confidence among your cohorts and clients.
Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan
1. It’s the Law.
Many large businesses, from financial to health care, including stockbrokers, utilities and telecommunications giants, are required by federal and state laws to have a disaster recovery plan in place.
Likewise, companies with more than 10 employees are subject to the U.S. Department of Labor rules and regulations regarding workplace safety. Those rules require employers to provide employees “a place of employment…free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm…”
2. Your Business Could Close or Falter.
You don’t want to be part of the 40 percent of businesses that never reopen after a disaster. Consider the following impacts and losses resulting from a fire, flood, storm, or destruction of your computer network:
- Loss of profits through lower market share, fines, breaches of contracts
- Litigation through court claims, loss of your business license
- Damage to your reputation and brand through loss of client confidence
Then there are the non-quantifiable losses resulting from having your business frozen in place and having to abandon plans for growth and competition.
3. A Disaster Recovery Plan is Laser-focused Management.
Disaster recovery planning involves an analysis of all your vital business processes. It is an assessment of what you must do to recover quickly and come back online, as well as what you can do without. You separate the ancillary from the vital. You have earmarked disaster recovery resources and supplies, and you can bring them online quickly.
If you are looking for assistance with disaster recovery in Huntington, contact Hart Office Solutions today. We’ll help you assess your existing plans and be your partner in a process that will keep you both compliant and agile.