Be prepared for disaster
When disaster strikes, you must act quickly.
With each delay, your chances of recovering diminish. Avoid delays by planning ahead.
Make regular backups
The most likely disasters in South Florida:
Create a disaster recovery plan for the most likely disasters at your site.
Disaster Recovery News
Keep off-site backups
Ask, "What will I do if these are stolen or destroyed:
If you keep archive copies of backup tapes off-site, you'll probably be able to recover from most disasters.
Store backups anywhere that's separated from your business site. If you're on a flood plain, try to store archives in a secure site that's off the flood plain.
A bank safe deposit box would seem fine, but most banks don't guarantee safe deposit box environments. Some businesses have discovered that their archive tapes were unreadable after many months' storage in a safe deposit box. Before storing tapes in a safe deposit box, ask your bank.
Store your archive tapes far enough away so that when your site suffers a disaster, your archive tapes won't be destroyed by the same disaster. Keep grandfather tapes thirty miles away and great-grandfather tapes a thousand miles away, just in case.
Decide if you need to encrypt your precious backup tapes. Most enterprises will require that their offsite data be encrypted. This imposes a requirement that the decryption password be safely secured yet available to key personnel when recovering from a disaster. I recommend that you thoroughly test beforehand to ensure that your encrypted tapes can be decrypted!
Agree upon who will do what when an emergency occurs. Tasks:
Secure existing site
Open alternate site (if necessary)
Fetch backup archives
Restore power, water, and sewer
Restore telephones and fax
Restore physical security
Contact key customers and vendors
These people will form your disaster recovery team.
When a disaster occurs, someone will be sick or on vacation. Cross-train team members, so that, for example, the person who's in charge of telephone restoration can also fetch the tape archives, etc.
Publish a directory now
Publish, within the recovery team, a confidential directory of team members, with.
All phone numbers
A friend or relative's contact data
Do the same for all vendors: utility companies, landlords, municipalities, police, fire and rescue, hospitals, consultants, and contractors.