When it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity, most small businesses don't have a plan, according to a survey conducted by Symantec. That same survey revealed 47 percent of respondents did not back up their desktop PCs.
The problem with most SMBs is that they do not have a dedicated IT person to develop a solid recovery, continuity or backup plan, said Jason Fisher, director of product management for Symantec's Data Protection SMB Segment, in an interview with IT Business Edge contributor Carl Weinschenk. Fisher's advice to small businesses is to find a partner that can help you tackle problems small and large.
"There is a vast partner community out there that can at least help start the conversation to create a business continuity plan. We typically think of disasters as large natural disasters that are predictable. Disasters can take many forms. For small business, it could be theft, a malicious attack through a security breach, for instance. These all can spell disaster for SMBs. SMBs really need to look at the broader picture."
For more advice on disaster recovery and business continuity, turn to the Knowledge Network. Here are some tools and resources that might help.
This book excerpt from IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummies shows you how to get started by creating a safety net while you work out the details of your major plan. The right plan will get your business back on track quickly, whether you're hit by a tornado or a disgruntled employee with super hacking powers. This excerpt is the entire 11th chapter, "Keeping DR Plans and Staff Current."
If you can afford it, hiring a Disaster Recovery Administrator will help you develop a solid plan for disaster. This job description template for that position helps you lay out what you should look for in a disaster recovery dedicated person. For starters, this job role should include designing and implementing disaster recovery processes and business continuity procedures for re-establishing servers, databases and operating systems in the event of a disruption, both minor and catastrophic.
Abilene Christian University has prepared a detailed plan to deal with unforeseen circumstances. This plan, which is posted in the Knowledge Network, reflects the diversity of the school's computer structure, which includes the use of microcomputers in offices as well as servers that provide much of the operational support for the administrative and academic units.
This publication provides instructions, recommendations, and considerations for government IT contingency planning. Interim measures may include the relocation of IT systems and operations to an alternate site, the recovery of IT functions using alternate equipment, or the performance of IT functions using manual methods.