Disaster can strike at any time, whether it’s a malware attack, earthquake, fire, flood, system crash, or erroneous data deletions. That’s why it’s vital to have the most expert Disaster Recovery Services in San Francisco to ensure your business can get back up and running and keep unproductive downtime to a minimum.
Over the past few months, hurricanes and fires have hit the U.S. hard, with gale-force winds, monsoon-worthy rains, serious flooding, and wildfires taking businesses offline for days, and even weeks at a time. It’s events like these that show us why it’s so important to have expert Disaster Recovery Services to avoid serious damage to your business.
Intivix’s San Francisco Disaster Recovery Experts can help.
As a part of our ongoing commitment to providing actionable and expert Disaster Recovery Services in San Francisco, our senior security engineer, and CISSP, Mark Simmerman* recently spoke at a Disaster Planning and Recovery event: “How Does A 180-Year-Old City Prepare for a 1,000-Year Storm?” He answered this and another important question: “How do IT leaders manage expectations in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds?”
As a leading provider of Disaster Recovery Services in San Francisco, Intivix is proud that Mark was a featured presenter at the event, sharing his expertise will attendees. The event was designed for business and industry leaders who wanted to know about modern Disaster Recovery Solutions, and how they can protect their businesses.
- The fact that recent trends in disasters and breaches are so prolific that it’s not a question of “if” but “when” anymore.
- Why we must re-emphasize using up-to-date IT processes and knowledgeable professionals to balance our emphasis on technology.
- How a having a viable, continually improving technology plan can satisfy increasing disaster- recovery and incident-response needs.
- The 6 phases of incident response, and how tech teams and MSPs can cover the first 2.5 phases as first responders.
- How to build relationships with security specialists (MSSPs) to assist with phases 2.5 through 6.
- How risk is becoming a key topic for IT administrators, and its emphasis in the NIST Cyber Security Framework and others.
- NIST changes to credential standards for passwords (SP 800-63A), and how this will help us all.
- Domain-credential theft and alerting services are now finding their way down to SMBs through channel partners.
If you weren’t able to attend the event, be sure to keep the following key insights in mind when it comes to your Disaster Recovery Planning.
Develop a Plan.
As with most endeavors, the first step is to create a workable plan. Your business’ disaster and business continuity plan should be carefully constructed and written down for reference and review.
Remember, many companies are required to maintain an Emergency Action Plan by OSHA, so this can be considered part of that process. Your plan should include policies and procedures regarding employee safety, business continuity, and contingencies that can be activated if your facilities are damaged.
Define Procedures and Assign Roles.
Determine the critical staff that should be on-site or on-call during an emergency. It’s important to define who is required to keep your business running, and who should be responsible for emergency response tasks. Remember, safety comes first— Your plan must focus on keeping your employees out of danger.
A comprehensive plan includes coordination with others during an emergency. How are nearby businesses going to operate during a fire or earthquake? How will police, fire, and medical response teams be affected? These questions are best answered before disaster hits.
Brief Your Employees.
Your disaster recovery plan shouldn’t be written and left on a shelf. Every employee must be familiarized with procedures to handle any type of emergency. Hold a meeting and review your plan together, the roles assigned, and provide time for you your staff to ask questions.
Review and Update Your Plans Once a Year.
Changes within your business or community can affect your disaster plan. Be sure to review it at least once a year, and make any necessary revisions to keep it current and effective.
The good news is that you don’t have to handle this all on your own—The Intivix Disaster Recovery Experts are here to help.
For more information about the best Disaster Recovery Services in San Francisco, and how they will keep your business running during and after an emergency, get in touch with Intivix at (415)-549-9681 or [email protected] Don’t delay. This is too important to put off.
*As a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Army and California National Guard, Mark has served in Military Intelligence and Military Police, including a combat tour in OEF in Afghanistan in 2010-11. He has worked in IT for 18 years, supporting companies like Annie’s Inc. which grew from a relatively small food manufacturer to over a 750 MM company that had to rapidly become SOX 404 compliant.