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Are Your Disaster Recovery Plans Up to Date?

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    Business analysis is crucial for the success of any organization. But instead of just having planning for factors such as marketing or sales, it is also important for businesses to have plans in place for potential disruptions. By having a plan in place, organizations can account for any kind of scenario and work around these disruptions. For small-scale incidents, such as supply chain issues, business continuity plans are enough. However, for incidents that impact the IT infrastructure of an organization, a disaster recovery plan is a necessity. And given that most of these plans are not regularly tested and updated when in fact they should be, hiring a technical writer can be a prescient decision.

    What They Are

    Disaster recovery plans are plans for when a disruption to the IT functions of an organization occurs, causing an organization’s data to be compromised. Thankfully, such events are not common occurrences. But when they do occur, proper planning is needed in the form of disaster recovery plans, so companies do not need to improvise to get things back running. Having these plans in place essentially allow organizations to minimize interruptions to business, limit financial impact, train personnel to know the proper procedure, and allow for a quick response to restore service. 

    What EDC’S Technical Writers Can Do

    The essentials of a good disaster recovery plan include numerous factors. First, the plan must specify three specific strategies: prevention, detection, and correction. The goal of prevention is to have a backup in the event of a failure, such as generators in the case of a power outage. With detection, the goal is to be able to detect any threats, such as to an IT network. And with correction, it is the solution to any specific disruption to a business. To properly plan these three strategies, more specific information relating to equipment used, personnel data, and inventory data must be documented. And because these three goals are broad, localized knowledge of what an individual business does is the best way to formulate the details of a disaster recovery plan so as to better understand the potential threats related to a business’s industry. Once this information is known, the other key factors that are able to be planned out are the recovery point objective and the recovery time objective. These two things refer to the data that is the most important when responding to a disaster, and the amount of time needed. With all this taken care of, it is then left to whoever is formulating the disaster recovery plan to document it.

    Along with documentation skills, Essential Data’s technical writers have experience with cybersecurity, a vital part in creating disaster recovery plans as it deals with protecting the IT network of a company. Given the technical aspects of IT infrastructures, this experience is a vital part of devising precautions and solutions for potential threats. So, when taking into consideration who to create or update your disaster recovery plans, EDC’s technical writers have both the cybersecurity knowledge, as well as the communication skills to allow for clear instructions, cutting down the precious time needed when responding to a disaster. 

    Conclusion

    Given the cybersecurity risks to IT networks, and the continual need to update them, it is advised to also continually reassess the disaster recovery plans that are meant to respond to potential threats. EDC’s technical writers have experience with creating or updating existing disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans. So, if you need help in either of these areas, EDC can assist with ensuring that no matter how large the disruption, your business has the documentation needed to respond, recover, and get back to work.

    How EDC Can Help You?

    Whether you need a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation or a single technical writer for a brief project, Essential Data’s Engagement Manager will lead the project from start to finish. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us

    Written by Stanley Chu

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