network disaster recoveryData backup and recovery is something that most businesses consider doing at least once. Unfortunately, it's not untilafter a disaster that business owners understand the importance of a thorough network disaster recovery plan. This is never good. 

If your business has yet to devise a disaster recovery plan, or if you think your plan may need some updating, here's a quick guide to the essentials of a good network disaster recovery setup:

The Basics: Network disaster recovery planning is all about having safeguards in place for the worst possible situations. This can refer to a natural disaster event where an enormous amount of files are damaged, or it can refer to an internal and/or virtual disaster, such as a hacker compromising sensitive company data.

The Planning: First, you'll want to conduct a network assessment (or have a professional network consultant do so) in order to determine your overall system security. You'll then have to devise a detailed set of steps for every disaster that your business is likely to encounter. This will include a risk assessment calculation, or a prediction of how much data would be compromised in each specific event, and also recovery objectives to determine how much data you could recover and how long it would take.

The Details: Here are just a few details you'll want to consider for each incident when you create a recovery plan:

  • People: How many customers would be affected by the incident? How many employees? What important information would you need to convey to those affected, and how would you do so?
  • Data: What's the most important data in your system, and how do you protect it? Do you have fail-safe backups ready in case the original documents are damaged?
  • Equipment: How much do you rely on physical equipment (like computers or phone lines) to run your business? If itall got damaged, do you have the funds to purchase replacements? If not, how much equipment could you replace and what business tasks would you then be able to accomplish?
  • Security: In a survey of 38 million people, at least 2 million admitted they used the password "123456" to protect important files. You want to make sure that you have physical and digital security measures in place.
  • Outside Help: Will you need to call upon a network consulting firm or specialist to accomplish everything after a disaster? Will you have suppliers or business partners you'll need to cooperate with? Who will be able to assist you in each situation?


The Policies: Once you're able to solidify the details, you'll then want to create an official policy and set of procedures for each scenario. This part is one of the most important steps and it's something that network consulting services really help with. The reasoning here is simple: If and when a disaster strikes, you'll want to have a procedure already in place; you want to use your time making valuable actions, not wasting it making decisions (or mistakes).

With over 82,000 new malware threats each day and natural disasters occurring in the U.S. every year, it's important to make sure that your business is prepared for the worst.