Implementing a Disaster Recovery Plan

Having a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is crucial to ensuring regulatory compliance as well as the integrity of your organisation's data. Below we break down a typical plan, how you might implement it, and how Lightsafe can help your company remain complaint with industry standards and best practice.


What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

A Disaster Recovery Plan is a crucial framework designed to ensure that an organization can continue its operations and recover promptly in the event of a disruption or disaster. The primary goals of a DRP are to minimize interruptions to normal operations, limit the extent of disruption and damage, reduce the economic impact of the interruption, establish alternative means of operation in advance, train personnel with emergency procedures, and ensure a smooth and rapid restoration of service.


Identify Your Team

The DRP begins with identifying key personnel and their contact information, ensuring that everyone knows who to reach out to during a crisis. This step is vital for maintaining communication and coordination throughout the recovery process. Having a detailed list of key personnel allows for quick decision-making and efficient mobilization of resources.


Set Up and Define Backup Procedures 

Backup procedures are outlined for each application, specifying how data and applications will be backed up, the frequency of these backups, and the storage locations for backup media. This ensures that, in the event of data loss, your organization can quickly restore its critical data from the most recent backup, minimizing downtime and data loss.


Disaster Recovery Procedures

Detail the immediate actions are to be taken following a disaster at your organisation. This includes steps to assess the damage, activate the disaster recovery team, and implement the recovery plan. These procedures are tailored to different types of disasters, whether natural or man-made, ensuring that your organization is prepared for various scenarios.


Restoration Process

Provide a clear roadmap for bringing systems back online and restoring normal operations. This includes prioritizing which systems and services to restore first based on their importance to your organisation’s operations, and ensure that all systems are tested and verified before full resumption of business activities.


Recovery Plan Practice and Exercising

Regular practice and exercising of the recovery plan are essential to ensure that all personnel are familiar with the procedures and can execute them effectively under pressure. These exercises help to identify any weaknesses or gaps in the plan, allowing for continuous improvement and ensuring that your organisation remains prepared for any eventuality.


Changes and Updates

Ensure that the plan remains current and effective as your organisation’s operations, technology, and external environment evolve. Regular reviews and updates are conducted to incorporate lessons learned from exercises and real incidents, as well as changes in organisational structure or technology.