10 questions on disaster recovery planning every manager must ask

When we’re busy with business as usual, it’s tempting to bury our heads in the sand. That’s how business continuity and disaster recovery planning gets hidden at the bottom of the to-do list. But behaving like an ostrich is becoming increasingly risky for businesses. The increase in extreme weather, power outages and cybercrime are just some trends causing enormous problems for organisations across the UK.

To make it easier, here are 10 essential – yet simple – questions on disaster recovery planning that every business and IT manager must ask.

Don’t be a disaster recovery ostrich

Ask yourself – or your team – the following questions:

  1. What risks do you face if your core applications are unavailable for a day, a week, or longer?
  2. What are your recovery time objectives (RTOs) by facility and application?
  3. Are both your facilities and applications protected?
  4. How is the security of your enterprise data going to be protected during the crisis and subsequent recovery processes?
  5. Who are the key stakeholders and decision makers who need to be involved in the recovery process?

You’ll also need to ask:

  1. Does the recovery plan meet all compliance objectives?
  2. What will happen to key data in the event of a disaster?
  3. Against which types of disasters do you need to protect your business?
  4. What was the scope of your last recovery test process?
  5. When was the last time you completed a full recovery test?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be well on your way to addressing the essential aspects of your disaster recovery planning. Planning for GDPR compliance and unsure if your Disaster Recovery is provider putting you at risk? Or, need to know how GDPR is relevant to disaster recovery? Check out our recent informative article to get the answers you need: GDPR compliance: is your Disaster Recovery provider putting you at risk?