Why Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan
There are a number of significant threats that could significantly impact your business:
- Flood / Sprinkler malfunction
- Environmental Disasters
- Organised and/or Deliberate Fraud
- Loss of Utilities
- Equipment or System Failure
- Serious Information Security Breach
- Public transportation disruption
- Negative publicity / online activism
- Legal problems
Ensuring that your business has documented procedures in place should these disasters occur helps to reduce their negative impact. The procedures also need to be clear and understandable so that your employees can quickly implement the plan to ensure corporate survival. There are a number of key elements that you must consider when developing a disaster recovery plan.
- What important assets do you want to protect?
- Prioritise your efforts so critical processes are attended to immediately.
- Establish who is responsible for what tasks in the event of a disaster
- Identify key roles and responsibilities – who is responding to which issue?
- Ensure plans maintained and updated to certify optimum performance
- As new risks are introduced your plan must be updated to reflect them
- Every second counts in businesses
- Defining an acceptable recovery time is essential
- Ensuring that your employees are informed when disaster strikes is vital.
- Employees will want answers quickly when it disrupts their job
- What are the methods of contact when phones and data links are down?
- It’s important that the individuals responsible for managing the plan know the protocol for communicating to employees.
How McLean Hallmark will help
Disaster recovery strategies ensure that when critical business operations are disrupted there are processes in place to certify that the business can recover in an emergency. The disaster recovery process should be documented in a formal Disaster Recovery Plan which outlines the actions that should be taken during and after a disaster has occurred. This ensures that everyone is aware of the appropriate action that must be taken and removes the need for on the spot decisions to be made.
McLean Hallmark insurance Group have developed many such plans for clients in many different sectors of the economy.