Originally posted on Bluebird Networks

Disaster recovery and IT security remain some of the most pressing topics across today’s data-driven landscape — and with threats from a diverse range of disruptive events raising concerns for businesses, it’s easy to see why. Reports reveal thousands of surveyed organizations see human error, security flaws, out of date hardware and increasingly complex IT configurations to be some of the biggest issues for reliability. Yet, regardless of what causes reliability to suffer, business disruption and downtime is disastrous in an era that depends on the continued availability and use of digital capabilities. Today, the question is not if an enterprise should implement thorough disaster recovery strategies, it’s how.

There are many facets to disaster recovery planning, and solutions will differ depending on individual requirements. Nevertheless, creating proper protection means completing risk assessments, which involve taking stock of all IT equipment, mapping dependencies and assessing the most pressing threats. Enterprises should also prioritize individual applications and data before outlining recovery objectives to help define what business-critical information should be recovered first in the event of an outage.

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