With a completed disaster recover planning document in hand, the time has arrived to present the information gathered to the entire executive cabinet of your institution. Just as you have no choice but to provide them with service, they have no choice but to care. They need to understand the state of the technology in the business.
When it comes to disaster recovery planning and the circulation of information, we believe it is best absorbed when presented consistently and repeatedly. So, once you have created the plan for restoring systems in the event of failure, remember to use a familiar format. Include a paragraph about the purpose of each system, and always re-distribute the same document with relevant updates highlighted.
By addressing systems of lesser overall importance first, your team has the opportunity to become comfortable with discussing disaster recovery with stakeholders. This exercise will serve as an easy introduction into how to justify cost and importance externally. Document the cost of redundancy, security, and performance in a suggested list of key metrics.
With a list of critical systems, a matrix of priorities, and a measure of preparedness, it’s now time to create goals around the plan. Focus on what can be done in the short term to develop and/or improve a response to how restoring each system will help ensure business continuity. Once that is completed, make notes on how the plan might be improved from year to year.
Ask your team, “In terms of preparedness (on a scale of 0-100), how close is the institution to being able to restore each system quickly and effectively, based on the priorities that have been set?” Are you near your goal, or is there a lot of work to be done before feeling more confident in your team’s response?
The concept of a disaster recovery plan is simple: ensure business continuity in the wake of an emergency. If something goes wrong, how fast can order be restored?
We believe there is a clear path towards finding that stability and reliability that every institution deserves. Best practices surrounding disaster recovery are ripe and ready to be employed by institutions willing to make the time. And because we are connected everywhere, at any time, the reality is that with a little bit of preparation and planning and support, we don’t have to wait until our retirement plan is in repayment before we have a chance to enjoy some peace of mind.