According to reports, there was a worldwide economic loss of $306 billion in 2017 due to disasters (natural and man-made). It was 63% more than the previous year. There is a cost associated with restarting and normalizing the activity for the businesses hit by a disaster.
A disaster recovery (DR) plan can reduce the cost of restarting the business activities. The plan typically aims at securing and recovering critical business infrastructure. A DR plan includes risk assessment, prioritized operations, crisis management, and decision-making processes. Such complicated planning often needs a disaster recovery consultant who has expertise in developing a DR plan and strategies to deal with imminent disasters.
In the context of information technology, IT disaster recovery is the management of hardware and software to create backups. It also includes safety against accidental data deletion, data breach, and cyberattacks. It is crucial to choose a skilled disaster recovery consultant who can help a business in recovering essential data and protect it from further losses. Along with decision-making abilities, a disaster recovery consultant should also possess some other vital attributes.
Business Technology Skills
The primary skill a disaster recovery consultant needs is the complete understanding of a business. For the awareness, a disaster recovery consultant needs to learn the present state of a business by performing a tech audit, which can be manual or automated.
To plan recovery methods, a disaster recovery consultant needs to do a gap analysis. Knowing the true nature of the business helps a disaster recovery consultant to interact with the employees in a better way and efficiently delegate the authority. Also, having technology management information system (MIS) and communications links help a disaster recovery consultant protect data files, customer services, and understand end-user systems.
Cloud Technical Skills
A disaster recovery consultant should be able to choose the right technology for disaster recovery. Cloud backup is a contemporary method for data mirroring before it gets lost in a disaster (accidental or intentional disruption). A disaster recovery consultant should also have technical knowledge to choose the cloud that provides an efficient system restore and ensures continuous availability. The consultant should be aware of all the terminologies used in the cloud such as orchestration, hybrid cloud, and should also be acquainted with the Linux, PHP, and Python environments.
Analysis And Planning Skills
It is essential for a disaster recovery consultant to have skills to conduct risk evaluation, crisis evaluation, and business impact analysis. The consultant should also be skilled enough to advise a disaster recovery plan to the enterprise for decreasing its downtime and data loss.
A disaster recovery consultant must have a standard methodology that frames the DR plan and required experience to implement it. The developed plan should provide RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and evaluate system downtime as well as system outage. A consultant should be able to calculate BIC (Business Interruption Cost) and perform redundancy to minimize it. While devising the plans, the consultant should have a clear understanding of the system to allocate system restore. The clear understanding provides data safety, faster recovery, and resilience to a business.
Disaster Recovery Testing Skills
A disaster recovery consultant should have the skill set to perform disaster recovery testing which includes simulation testing, parallel testing, and full interruption testing. This test management skill set also includes the ability to make a dry run of the DR plan and analyze it against risk assessment, RTO (Recovery Time Objective), system downtime, accuracy metric, and data mirroring. After the deduction of the loopholes, a consultant should have skills to update the plan with minimum disruption. Thus, improving the BPO and the central dependency.
In the data-driven world, insurance alone is not sufficient. A business needs to be ready for the disasters as millions of dollars can be at stake as well as thousands of jobs can be in danger. As an IT company, you can save yourself with a robust disaster recovery plan. If your network infrastructure caught fire and burnt all the wires and cables, you could easily move your client servers to a remote data center. Even through a disaster, you can manage to maintain business continuity just after temporarily shifting its office to another place. If you also want to be proactive, start investing in disaster recovery plans.