Disaster Recovery

Are Your Prepared with Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

With IT complexities increasing, system failures and power outages have become common problems for organizations. In this case, most organizations depend on their disaster recovery strategies to bring back life into their critical IT systems and processes. The loss of data and security breaches can affect businesses to the extreme. Failure to recover malware attacks, DDoS attacks, server failures, and natural disasters means loss revenues, lost of customers and a negative impact on IT models.

With an IT organizations’ focus on speed and experimentation, businesses have always remained vulnerable to cyber-attacks. It is true that organizations have made great strides in building disaster recovery capabilities, but still they face unique challenges when it comes to backing up, restoring, searching or migrating their Exchange database (EDB) files. A recent survey found out that out of 243orgaizatons, almost 40 % admit their disaster recovery plans did not work in an actual disaster.

It is difficult to predict a Disaster, and even more difficult to deal with it without a solid disaster and backup recovery plan. All it takes is extreme weather, a fast-moving fire, or a major earthquake to shut down a business for an extended period of time — or even permanently. Importantly, businesses need to create a disaster recovery plan that helps them to cope with the complexities of today’s complex IT environments.

Take the case of SMBs who are working to extend their technology footprint by innovating in the digital era, but struggle to enact even the most basic level of disaster preparedness. According to a recent survey, 70 percent of ransomware attacks target small businesses. 75 percent of SMBs lack disaster readiness and are unprepared when disaster strikes.

Not only SMBs, even large enterprise are finding it challenging to save themselves from the clutches of disasters. On the 12th December 2016, ATO suffered a disk storage failure bringing down several online systems used by the wider taxation industry. Four days later, with services still not fully restored, the Commissioner of Taxation made the following media statement: “Earlier this week, the ATO suffered its worst unplanned system outage in recent memory … What compounded the problem … was the subsequent failure of our back-up arrangements to work as planned”. These outages frustrated and disrupted the entire taxation industry over an extended 8-week period. The entire taxation industry bore the brunt of these outages and performance declined all around.