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Top 5 Disaster Recovery Resolutions for 2018

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January 19, 2018 / Evolve IP

Unfortunately, in all seriousness, our 2018 Survey on Disaster Recovery Technologies, Implementations and Incidents uncovered some very distressing disaster recovery statistics that need to be addressed by organizations before it’s too late.

Resolution #1: Complete your DR plan and be sure to implement and test your plan.

Yes, you’ve heard it before, but just like giving up your penchant for deep-fried Twinkies some things never seem to get done and this year’s survey again proves the point! Only 31.5% of our respondents noted that they had a complete DR plan! Perhaps even more alarming, of the 68.5% that did not have a complete plan, four in 10 had a plan that they felt was less than three-quarters of the way complete.

As you can likely imagine, rolling out an incomplete plan to the organization might seem, well … odd, and it’s likely causing DR plans to remain on the shelf. Only 2/3rds of respondents had formally implemented their DR plan in the business.

To continue with the Twinkie bashing, we all know that continually chowing down on that cream-filled, artery-clogging sweetness could potentially be really bad for you. Similarly, you also know that having an untested DR plan is bad for your business’s health. Health be damned, our survey revealed that less than half of the firms had actually tested their DR plan in the last year.

Then again what are the chances your organization will actually need a data defibrillator in 2018…?

Resolution #2: Don’t get stuck in denial.

Turns out, the chances are pretty high. Based on our survey results you need to change your mindset about DR: it isn’t if a DR incident will occur, but whenOver 1/3rd of participants noted their organization had suffered an incident that required disaster recovery. And while hardware failure was the leading cause of incidents (noted by 50%), deliberate attacks are getting worse and growing faster than any other category.

In 2017, the number of respondents reporting that deliberate attacks had caused DR incidents increased to 17% compared to 13% in 2016 and 6.5% in 2014! You might take all of the precautions in the world against attacks—constantly changing passwords, deploying aggressive security software, implementing secure file sharing and more —but hackers are getting smarter every year and your associates are still human and make mistakes.

Resolution #3: Treat DR as though you have compliance requirements.

Even if your business does not have compliance requirements, it would likely benefit from acting as though it does. Of organizations that had suffered from an incident that required DR:

  • 43.5% without compliance requirements took more than one business day to recover their IT operations.
  • Just 28% of those with compliance requirements took more than one business day to recover their IT operations.

Resolution #4: Fight for your DR budget.

As you’d probably expect, companies that budget sufficiently for DR are more likely to feel very prepared to fully recover from an incident. In fact, 65.5% of those firms noted they felt “very prepared”. Not so much for the under-funded. Just 1 in 5 of underfunded firms were feeling “very prepared” to handle a DR situation.

What sets off the alarm bells here is that four in 10 IT professionals felt that their organization had underfunded DR. Interestingly, three in 10 C-level executives agreed. Couple those numbers with a 33%+ likelihood of a DR situation arising in the future and you’ve got the potential for a major problem!

So, how do you fight for budget? Share these survey results with your executive team along with a document that quantifies just how much an outage will cost your business! We created a simple downtime calculator to help you determine what it will cost you in terms of sales, productivity, and hardware.

Resolution #5: Evolve Your DR Strategy

Far too many organizations continue to use legacy or unsecured approaches to DR introducing un-necessary risk and greater chances of failure. A couple of statistics really jumped out:

  • 38% of firms relied on servers and hardware at the same location as the rest of their infrastructure
  • 35.5% of firms use tapes for backup
  • 22% relied on public cloud for DR

If you’re relying exclusively, or primarily, on one of the methods above, take the time in 2018 to begin researching other solutions like DRaaS from providers such as Evolve IP or investing in a private, secure, secondary site that is geographically distant from your primary location.

The complete survey results can be found here: 2018 Disaster Recovery Survey. To learn more about Evolve IP’s suite of DR solutions visit www.evolveip.net/draas-suite.

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