Questions to Help You Create a Data Disaster Recovery Plan
Once you have assessed what data will be associated with your project and you have assessed what your method for backing up key project data will be, you can begin to piece together your data disaster recovery plan. Here are some questions to think about when you're constructing your plan.
1. What's the procedure in cases of human error? Let's face it, everyone makes mistakes. Some mistakes are easy to correct, some are not. If someone accidentally erases a file, how will that file be recovered? It's important to have a plan for when things go wrong due to human error. How often should individuals save their work? How often should they backup their work? What is the chain of command in situations when an error occurs and data has been compromised?
2. What will you do in the case computers or software fails? Sometimes computers fail for reasons other than human error - the system crashes, the software becomes corrupted by a virus, or the computer is too full. It's important to account for computer failure in your data recovery plan. Is it enough to backup information on a particular computer, or do you need to backup data on a server or remotely?
3. What will you do in case the server or network fails? If your server or the network fails, it's important to have a plan in place for dealing with the data loss that will occur and recovering data that you can. Businesses and home offices alike can be affected, even if you believe you are safe by backing data up in a remote location. However, it is important to understand that sometimes servers fail, and this information cannot be accessed remotely. What will you do to retrieve your data?
4. What will you do if your equipment or files have been compromised? If equipment or filing cabinets have been physically destroyed, you will need a plan of how you will approach this problem. For instance, if all your equipment is destroyed, is there a remote location or alternative location where vital project information has been stored? Is that location secure? Do you have a safe deposit box for important documents?