Have you ever considered what could happen in the event of an IT, or other Disaster scenario?  If not, you aren't alone, as millions of Americans, and business owners alike seldom consider what to do in the event of a disaster until its to late.

IT-related emergencies can strike at any time, whether it's a malware attack, natural disaster or system crash. That's why you need your own insurance to protect your IT against a range of disasters. The right disaster recovery plan can help you ensure that your insurance agency can continue to accomplish work, maintain compliance and keep unproductive downtime at a minimum.

Consider these vital steps when determining how you will react when disaster strikes:

DEVELOP a robust and detailed Disaster Recovery plan that shows your staff what to do in the event of a disaster in order to avoid unnecessary damages, address possible causes and return to an operational state as quickly as possible.

EMPLOY not one, but three layers of backup – Image, Onsite and Offsite – in order to mitigate the risk of data loss.

AUDIT all of your data and then set them into categories: critical, important and not needed to backup. This allows you to follow a system of priorities when it comes to backing up your files.

MAKE SURE you know the point in time you will need to restore to in the backup application, for compliance purposes as well as your business needs.

DEVELOP a clear time frame based on how long you can be down for when a restore is needed. CONFIRM that you are maintaining compliance for your business, such as PIPEDA, PHIPA, IFRS, ASPE, etc.

SET UP business procedures to monitor your backups through email, web dash panels or SMS so that you know which are successful and which are not.

ENSURE your staff is properly trained on how to use the backup application so that they can run simple changes and complete tests as need be.

MAKE SURE that you have satisfactory response time from your offsite supplier. Is their restore time sufficient for your business? Does your internet connection or their connection have the ability to handle large amounts of transferred data in the necessary amount of time?

PUT a testing schedule in place to verify your ability to restore systems, and run the tests on a regular basis.

The Good News Is You don't have to handle Disaster Recovery on your own.

As vital as each one of those tasks is for your response to a disaster, there is still the problem of making sure they are all done on a regular basis. That's where a trusted partner in IT support can be so helpful. By having an expert team of Disaster Recovery professionals assess your IT environment and manage its many aspects, you can ensure that your technology is prepared for the worst, without having to see to it yourself.

Don't continue without the right Backup solution in place.  Get in touch with Natural Networks right away at 619-222-3232 or sales@naturalnetworks.com to ensure you're prepared for the worst.