In our 3rd newsletter article we published back in Feb of 2013 on disaster recovery planning we talked about how managed service providers (MSP’s) structure their business with a technology consulting role to help small businesses understand their technology options when planning for a disaster. Read more here: http://www.digux.com/?p=357. A few months later we published another newsletter article titled “Backup & Recovery Strategies” where we explained our perspective on backups and how this aligns with a disaster recovery plan. Read more here: http://www.digux.com/?p=385. For part II, we created a “gut check list” for you with 8 different questions to go over below to outline some specific things to consider when aligning technology with your disaster recovery planning process:
- Do we have the proper insurance in place to cover unexpected costs in the event a disaster occurs? For example: cyber liability, business interruption, and business interruption off premise insurance.
- Have you defined what it means to declare a disaster? What is a disaster to your small business and what is the process to declare a disaster?
- Do you have all of your software and licenses either “digitized” and saved offsite via a backup and or do you have the physical discs for your software copied and saved offsite?
- Do you share all your vendor’s contact information with your I.T. provider so they can communicate properly and efficiently in the event a disaster exists? For example: Internet provider, phone provider, building manager, etc.?
- Do you have spare equipment purchased and pre-configured in the event a critical piece of technology fails that will grind your employees to a halt? For example: network router, network switch, a spare printer, and even failover Internet?
- Do you have backups of your servers, workstations, firewalls, etc.?
- Have you verified your I.T. provider has specific processes and best practices to deal with emergency related issues like a server failure?
- Do you have uninterruptible power supplies (UPS’s) protecting your critical systems and networking equipment?
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