Imagine your worst nightmare. You have your own small business and one night get a call from the police saying your offices have been burgled.
You dash down there to find the situation is every bit as bad as you feared – all your PCs and laptops have been taken – in fact, every single piece of electronic equipment.
This could be the end of all you’ve worked so hard for, you realise. Things were tight enough as it was. What’s more, you’ve got twelve employees depending on you to be able to pay their mortgages.
You sink to the floor and sit there with your head in your hands. It’s a real disaster.
The only silver lining, it transpires, comes in the form of a small, silver box – the NAS drive which you discover the thieves have overlooked.
It turns out this means you can recover a copy of your priceless company data.
You realise, though, that you’d had a very lucky escape and resolve to put some steps in place to make a ‘disaster’ less of a disaster in future.
First, you and your colleagues discuss and draw up a clear plan – your ‘disaster recovery’ plan. This is designed to get your business up and running again as quickly as possible and reduce any downtime – or to put in a contingency plan if ‘normal service’ can’t be resumed straight away.
The plan shows who to call, in what order and what they will do. You print it off and keep it somewhere off site so anyone who needs it will always have access to it. You also think about offsite backups to improve your security and give you greater peace of mind. Moving to the cloud for your email is something you also consider, so you can get back to work as soon as possible.
Armed with your disaster recovery plan, you now know that although you and your business will never be immune from a disaster, at least you’ll be equipped to deal with it and it need not be the business-ending catastrophe you originally feared.