Your Preliminary Checklist for Designing a Robust Contingency Plan

Data forms the foundation of every modern business and the loss of data is damaging — whether that data is temporary or permanent. The presence of the right backup plan, however, will help you minimize this damage or even evade it altogether. Once you have identified this as a priority for your business, take the next rational step. Create a plan and platform to tackle possible threats and interruptions.

Your Preliminary Checklist to Designing a Robust Contingency PlanDesigning a robust contingency strategy requires careful planning and setting up relevant and handy resources that your business can easily access in times of an emergency. Some aspects are more relevant or important than others, and they can even provide you with information on whether your plan will work optimally or not.

A few vital components include:

  • A comprehensive business impact analysis
  • A detailed survey of possible risks, external and internal
  • Setting up a disaster recovery team
  • Reconnaissance of potential service providers
  • A tailor-made plan instead of a generic one

Inclusive planning

Planning is the key to ideal execution. When working on your contingency plan, keep in mind that every department of your business is dependent on the availability of data. Forming a special team to formulate the plans is a good idea, but make sure the team gets inputs from the whole organization. This will help you create a plan that will protect and prioritize all of the company’s data instead of just some of it.

Synopsis of possible scenarios

A synopsis of possible scenarios is an important aspect of your data protection contingency plan. Conduct a survey asking for inputs on possible mission critical scenarios, or schedule a consultation with a disaster recovery expert. This data gathering will eventually lead you to the right strategic placement of solutions. While an uncomfortable thought, sabotage from within the organization is a scenario most organizations take for granted. Do not neglect this while assessing risks and associated complexities.

Proper documentation

Documentation is an ingrained part of this entire process. Whether it is the planning stage or setting up your contingency plan, make sure every department of your organization has the relevant documents handy. The respective department heads should review any updates to these documents immediately.

With a sound contingency plan in place, the next step is to find the right partner who will take you through the other steps. At STORServer, we offer a wide range of Data Protection Consulting Services provided by professionally certified experts. As your contingency partners, we lead your business to dependable and timely solutions. Contact us today for a consultation.