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5 Steps to a Safe and Secure BDR

By: Post on: March 1st, 2017 in Managed Services

Every organization should have some form of BDR in place. What’s a BDR? Quite simply, it stands for “backup disaster recovery,” and is an organization’s go-to when the worst scenario becomes reality. Things like physical damage, natural disasters, theft, digital attacks or other numerous problems all have to be accounted for. If they occur, and your business has no BDR, the steps to take to return to normal can be much more difficult.

If you’re without a BDR and need an idea as to where to start, we’ve compiled a quick list to give you a basic idea of what’s necessary for a functional recovery plan.

1. Organize Staff and Responsibility

During a period of downtime, you need to know what staff members are responsible for certain departments and tasks. Since recovery will be a unified effort, management should have a laid-out plan for what groups of people will do. The next sequence of steps we list will all come down to the list of individuals you first make.

2. Inventory of Hardware

If you operate primarily through technology and server based services, taking inventory and recording all forms of hardware is extremely important. Get support information for all relevant devices and if you use applications and software, get support numbers and information for them too. Each may have an individual solution (or backup) in times of crisis.

3. Establish Communication

Much like a universal communication solution helps productivity, communication with a BDR is just as essential. If catastrophe strikes, there should be a method in place for communicating to management and other workers. How will you do so? With company provided devices, email, or messaging? It varies for different companies, but have this sorted out as to keep things going.

4. Prepare Staff

Technology is only one part of BDR which needs replacing. During downtime, what will your workforce do? It’s important to have a path for them while you try to mitigate whatever damages have been caused. How will you keep workers productive while this is going?

If you don’t have a secondary physical location for them to go to, try remote working solutions to keep them productive. Otherwise, you’ll need to let them know what the situation is while repairs are made.

5. Test the Plan

When you feel comfortable you have a reasonable system in place, test it! This will help expose any weak areas or potential problems when employing a BDR. Things change. You might not be able to reach hardware support for a device, or maybe the internet connection has gone down, staff isn’t available, management didn’t make it in, etc.

These are the essentials to assuring a solid BDR. You still need to employ a few other things, such as letting visitors or customers know what’s occurring on a website – or finding who will handle and access sensitive information.

With the steps we’ve listed above, you’ll start on the right path to an effective backup recovery plan.  At Stratosphere Networks, we focus on individualized BDR plans that ensure the continuity of small businesses.  If you’re looking for more information about BDR plans, contact us today.

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