Everything You Need to Know Before Creating a Data Recovery Plan

Written by Bruce McKnight on . Posted in S2D Blog

Data loss. Those two words are enough to strike fear into the hearts of many. Unfortunately, data loss does happen, even when precautions are taken. The best solution to data loss is to be prepared. Creating a data recovery plan can save your important and/ or sensitive information should disaster strike, as well as providing you with peace of mind!

Data Recovery Plan

PreventionYou know the saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

If you’re using Cloud computing, all important or sensitive documents should be physically stored somewhere, ideally an external hard drive, though hard copies never hurt either! At Stage2Data, we offer private Cloud backup services. Our backup storage uses military grade AES256 encryption, and a SSL encapsulated 1024 bit secure connection between Agent and your Private Cloud. All your data is stored in security hardened data centres in Canada.

Once you’re ready to draft a Data Recovery Plan, here are the factors you should consider:

What Are The Risks?Firstly, a thorough risk analysis of your computer and Cloud systems should be performed. Identify all possible risks, such as data deletions, viruses, hackers, and even physical risks such as power outages or floods.

Gain an understanding of exactly how these risks will affect your data. It helps to prioritize risks by likelihood and severity.

Once you’ve determined what the risks are, plan what measures can be taken to suppress, prevent, minimize, or reverse them.

What’s Realistic?Once you’ve established what the risks are, and what you can do should they occur, it’s time to see what kind of budget is reasonable for your company. Take into account what each risk would cost your company, in downtime, and data loss.

Assemble Your TeamThere are many benefits to hiring a Cloud recovery provider, such as:

  • Simple installation, handled by professionals.
  • Greater peace of mind.
  • Money saved in IT support costs.
  • Professionals will handle all data recovery.

Hiring a good recovery provider will leave you confident that, should disaster strike, your data will be recovered at minimal hassle and stress to you!

Test It!Once your data recovery plan is in place, make sure to test it regularly! Make sure all the systems work, and address any flaws. As your IT infrastructure changes, so too should your recovery plan.

If you hire a recovery provider, they should provide at least one recovery test, so you can be confident in their security systems.

To learn more about Stage2Data’s Cloud Disaster Recovery, and to find out what we can do for you, contact us today!