Understanding the importance of a Disaster Recovery and Data Backup Plan in an Organization

Ponemon Institute surveyed 6,000 IT professionals and found that 86% of companies had experienced at least one additional instance of system failure in the past 12 months. Disaster can strike at any time and under any circumstances. It could be an intentional act of theft, or it could be randomly caused by cyber-crime, human error, or both. Many times data is lost due to natural disasters like fire, floods and earthquakes. Data recovery is designed to minimize disruptions and minimize casualties.
Any cloud deployment should include Disaster Recovery (DR). According to Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels: “Everything fails, every time.” It is possible for a whole cloud provider’s data center or region to go down at any time. Cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft will tell you that you should have a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan. Your strategy should be applicable to multiple regions. This will ensure that your replication can survive a complete region failure. Although this sounds great in theory, there are many hurdles to overcome when deploying the same.
Let’s first understand why you need a Disaster Recovery and Data Backup Plan.
Why is a Data Backup & Disaster Recovery plan necessary?
End users can be unpredictable and may not take security seriously enough. It is the responsibility of the service provider to create a data recovery plan in order to prevent data breaches. Data security must be taken seriously due to the increasing number of cyber-attacks, malware, and viruses that are moving online. Below are the top reasons to have a detailed data recovery plan.
Failure of security systems
Security management should be an ongoing process. Newer firewalls should always be installed whenever a new type is detected. To identify potential threats that could be harmful to the company, it is important to assess the IT environment before installing security systems.
Restrictions that come with a cost
Although a one-time security system may be included in the budget, data recovery can prove to be too costly. Planning ahead and creating a budget for data recovery and other unexpected disasters can be cost-friendly and economically advantageous to an organization.
Data loss:
Sensitive information could be vulnerable to data breaches and can result in permanent data loss that could lead to the company losing a significant amount of money. The vulnerability of data increases dramatically if there is no data retrieval plan or cloud backup service.
Multiple threats:
Cyber-attacks can take many forms. Online viruses that infect your computer are common. Software systems can be hacked and weak passwords allow malicious intruders to access internal systems. This can cause havoc in any way sensitive information is leaked. One security incident can lead to a chain reaction that causes the entire security system to collapse.
Productivity loss
These cyber-attacks can cause delays in project completion and may even prevent future projects from being completed. A faulty security system can cause serious business disruptions that can lead to a devastating downturn.
A thorough risk analysis is performed before a disaster recovery plan can be considered. This allows you to identify and analyze security gaps that could lead to cyber-attacks. This blog “Detection & Prevention Cyber-attacks with SecureThat” provides a detailed overview of Microsoft’s security offerings that can be used to help you create a DR plan and Data backup plan.
Data backup and disaster recovery are essential for business continuity and customer satisfaction. Even though there are significant disruptions that can be unpredictable, such as a data breach, cyberattacks, or natural calamities a solution is possible.