The news is full of tragedy from Hurricane Matthew at the moment, and our heart goes out to those being impacted by the storm and its aftermath.
This storm is a powerful hit on much of the South East US, and should serve as a poignant reminder to practice, review and triple check your organization’s DR and BC plans. You should have a process and procedure review yearly, with an update at least quarterly and anytime major changes to your operations or environment occur. Most organization’s seem to practice these events on a quarterly or at least 2x per year cycle. They often use a full test once a year, and table top exercises for the others.
This seems to be an effective cycle and approach.
We hope that everyone stays safe from the hurricane and we are hoping for minimal impacts, but we also hope that organizations take a look at their plans and give them a once over. You never know when you just might need to be better prepared.
We caught this post on Lifehacker a few days ago and thought they did a pretty good job of handling a pretty frequent question. How many times have you been asked about data recovery? For us, we always ask “You have that backed up, right?”, in return.
Sadly, few people seem to backup their data, even though that is one of the basic foundations of protecting information.
If you are or know someone who gets into this predicament, we hope this approach helps.
In the meantime, where did you put your backup disk? You have one, right??? 🙂
For those folks on the east coast, Hurricane Noel should probably figure into your weekend plans. The storm is looking like a near miss for much of the eastern seaboard, but should be a strong reminder for folks to review their Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans for currency.
If you look in your policies folders and don’t see a DR/BC plan, now might be a good time to form a task group for making them. Given the wacky weather patterns lately, they might prove to be handy in the future. At the very least, you can rest a little easier just knowing they are there.
For those folks wondering what I am talking about, click here for more info on the storm.
If you want to do more reading on DR/BC policies, check out this wikipedia article.