SMALL BUSINESSES SHARE BIG COMPANIES’ DR WORRIES

Customers, as you may already know, expect performance that is as close to perfect as possible. In addition to being aggravated at a disruption in service, the mere fact that you allowed a disaster to cripple your ability to function – and had no plan in place for countering it – could cause an erosion of trust between you and your client base.

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You've Completed Your First DR Test ... Now What?

When you started preparing for that first test, it's likely that you started with a small set of simple objectives designed to feel things out. A wise decision, as the goal with disaster recovery testing is to gradually ramp up both rigor and scope to simulate conditions as close to a real-life scenario as possible. Before transitioning from this initial "crawl phase" to your "walk phase" of testing, though, you should perform a thorough evaluation of your first test.

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Disaster Recovery in the Healthcare Industry

Most HIPAA-covered healthcare entities, those that handle Personal Health Information (PHI) or Personal Health Records (PHR), are required to have contingencies in the event of emergencies. These requirements include the need for data backups and plans for moving sensitive personal information without infringing on privacy and security guidelines, but beyond that, there is little else about what, specifically, disaster recovery plans for hospitals and similar organizations must include. As a result, situations where such organizations might fail to adequately invest in their disaster recovery measures are all too common.

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No Decision Is A Decision When It Comes To Declaring A Disaster

There's little doubt that Hurricane Irma caused plenty of confusion. The storm's erratic path made determining the right course of action difficult for businesses based in South Florida. Put yourself in their shoes. In the same situation, would you, for instance, use an abundance of caution? Assume that the storm would hit you and your business at full force; would you make the difficult decision of taking a voluntary outage to transfer operations to your backup site?

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Disaster Recovery Testing - How to Run Faster

Finding the time to push and challenge your team beyond what is required takes energy and focus. It’s easy to just check the box and get a DR Test cycle completed using the same template over and over again. What the teams can learn from changing the variables of the test is immensely helpful to your organization. IT leaders should consider how to expand the scope of the testing in a meaningful way.

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