Many businesses are finding it difficult to adapt their disaster recovery plans fast enough to deal with today’s hybrid-IT environments and complicated business activities. In today’s always-on, 24/7 environment, an organization’s ability to recover from a disaster and restore critical business services can provide it a competitive advantage or cost it market share.
The following elements must be included in any disaster recovery plan.
Being aware of the threats
Make a list of potential cybersecurity crisis scenarios that could affect operations, department by department, and for the entire organization. Identifying potential flaws ahead of time provides firms with a window into their vulnerabilities and, as a result, knowledge of how to address them.
What would companies do if a disgruntled former employee, for example, deleted data before quitting the company? What would they do if viruses or malware corrupted crucial data? If organizations opt to undertake a thorough IT audit and explore a backup solution simultaneously, hardware damage and human error could be part of the procedure.
Many issues will surface as a result of creating this documentation and identifying the weak points, which businesses can solve right away. For example, runtime protection software can prevent supply chain disruptions, cloud data security solutions can protect managed databases, and API protection can be automated. Knowing vulnerabilities and determining and documenting how firms would respond are the initial steps.
Procedures for restoring data
The DRP must specify how and where each data resource is backed up, including which devices and folders are used, as well as how the team should retrieve each resource from backup.
Choosing the right person to lead
It’s critical to have clear lines of communication between whoever owns the cybersecurity DRP and the entire enterprise DRP, whether it’s an internal team or an external contractor.
In the event of a security breach, the person or persons who own the cybersecurity DRP should be the first responders, and they should know every nook and cranny of the enterprise DRP. Their out-of-hours contact details need to be at the top of the list of designated respondents (written on the first page of the printed enterprise DRP). Critical stakeholders and department heads are expected to support first responders in designing and maintaining cybersecurity disaster recovery plans. First responders will require help in ensuring the recognition and attention the plan demands to provide cooperation and service across the organization. Cybersecurity is crucial, and it must be acknowledged as such from the top-down as a critical business function – not just as more labor or an inconvenience.
When selecting a skilled person to lead this initiative, businesses should look for someone who is organized, passionate about what they do, and an effective communicator who is comfortable working with people from various departments and with varying degrees of technical understanding throughout the organization. This person must have the knowledge and capacity to champion the DRP’s creation, analysis, and maintenance as a regular part of their work.
Information technology inventory
An updated IT inventory should include information on all hardware and software assets, as well as any cloud services that are required for the company’s operations, such as if they are business vital and whether they are owned, leased, or used as a service.
Processes for disaster recovery
These processes, which should be unique from backup procedures, should cover all emergency responses, including last-minute backups, mitigation measures, damage limiting, and cybersecurity threat elimination.