written by: Joshua Klumper
Tragedy. Quickly, imagine a disaster strikes your business. An ice storm knocks out all of the power, a fire burns down the office, a sprinkler floods your server room, a (insert your imagined calamity).
Good thing you have a disaster recover plan in place. Thank goodness you already prepared…
You have spoken with your insurance provider long before this happened and know exactly the type of coverage you have and when you can get remediation. You already knew that you needed a special policy to cover flood damage to your business vehicles because that isn’t covered by most flood policies. The “Business Interruption” insurance you added was pretty clever, making sure it will cover your lost business and rent while you are getting back on your feet.
Where to place people
The calamity may have knocked out your building but your business is more than the building, it’s the people. Your team has been able to communicate through your back-up email server and you are now sure everyone is safe and ready to get back work. Your employees are either working remotely from a safe location with power and Wi-Fi or in your designated back-up location.
With all of these employees working remotely, the VPN you secured a few months back is now being put to use. With employees working from home or using public Wi-Fi, the VPN ensures that the likelihood of a breach, drops significantly. You thought ahead, last thing you want when dealing with one disaster is to create another.
The cloud. It may have seemed a bit complicated originally, deciding between public, private or hybrid cloud. Right now, in the middle of the disaster, it feels like a blessing. Your employees are able to work and keep operating without skipping a beat.
How fast do you want to be back up again?
When you first looked into a disaster recovery plan, it was because a disaster struck nearby and you figured, it couldn’t hurt to look. Do you remember how much it would cost for your business to be closed for a day? A week? A month? Aren’t you glad you planned ahead and decided to be back up as soon as possible?