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Business Resilience: Six Actions to Take Now
- Conduct a business impact assessment. Convene a cross-functional team to evaluate the business requirements and tier data based on its importance to operations.
- Establish a downtime threshold. When building a disaster recovery plan, the first objective should be to decide the recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). The RPO dictates the allowable data loss, while the RTO is the amount of time applications can afford to be down – the maximum tolerable outage. These provide critical context for the remaining steps of the process.
- Take steps to protect data. Back up data frequently to ensure records are kept, and consider upgrading to a faster version of backup equipment to reduce the time it takes to complete a backup cycle.
- Review power options. Add uninterrupted power supplies for critical servers, network connections and selected personal computers to keep the most essential applications running.
- Consider telecommunications alternatives. Telecommunications backup must involve both redundancy and alternatives. In the case of spot outages, redundancy may be enough. For larger outages, alternative communications vehicles, including wireless phones, wireless data cards and satellite phones, should be considered.
- Form tight relationships with vendors that can help expedite recovery and ensure priority replacement of critical telecommunications equipment, personal computers, servers and network hardware in the event of a disaster.