Disaster Recovery Plan Testing is Critical
Who didn’t love fire drills back in your school days? They interrupted the monotony of class, got you a breath of fresh air, and let you socialize with your classmates for a few minutes before returning to your schoolwork. For school administrators, though, those drills ensured protocols in the event of a fire would keep everyone safe in a real-life emergency scenario. You must give your disaster recovery plan the same reality check before you find out the hard way whether or not it can’t get you up and running as smoothly as you hoped.
You may have you disaster recovery plan in place, but are you certain it is air tight? There’s only one way to find out: conduct a disaster recovery test. A disaster recovery test is the examination of each step in a disaster recovery plan as outlined in an organization’s disaster recovery planning process. Disaster recovery plan testing helps ensure that you can really can recover data, restore business-critical applications and continue operations after an interruption of services. In many organizations, however, disaster recovery plan testing is neglected because creating a plan for disaster recovery can tie up resources and the plan itself, once completed is seen as the solution.
Communications, data recovery and application recovery are typically the focus of data recovery testing. Disaster recovery tests should be conducted on a regular basis throughout the year and be incorporated into all planned maintenance and staff training. Once a test has been completed, audit logs and other data should be analyzed to determine what worked as expected, what didn’t work as expected, and what changes need to be made to the disaster recovery plan. 2W Tech is a full-service IT consulting firm that has Security experts on staff to help with your security solutions. Give us a call today for help with your disaster recovery plan and regularly scheduled testing.
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