As computer systems become more and more depended upon, it is essential that you have a disaster recovery plan in place to ensure that in the event of a failure that your business can still continue to function.
A disaster recovery plan looks over critical areas to ensure resilience to avoid incidents and what to do when an incident occurs. The principles to any disaster recovery plan are as followed:
Incident Prevention, Detection, Response, Recovery and Restoration.
Disaster recovery is often overlooked by many small to medium sized businesses as it can be a costly investment whereby the value isn't first appreciated. However if you take into account that if you business is down for just one day, you still have to pay your staff for the day and your business is effected with the possibility of losing any potential business during the outage.
A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is used to reassure you that in the event of a failure that we have an agreed plan of action that we can implement to ensure that your core business can continue to function and that existing/potential customers are unaware of the incident.
Depending on your existing computer infrastructure and how dependant you are on your IT does have an impact on implementing a DRP. Essentially a DRP is a document stating what happens in the event of an incident, however a part of the DRP is recovery & restoration. In some cases, again very much dependant on your own needs, you will need to invest in additional software/hardware to allow for the recovery of your system within a timely fashion.