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  • Top 10 Backup failures made by CIOs

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    Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Mistakes

    Failure is not an option when considering disaster recovery and business continuity. Only when a backup is needed and then found that it is lacking or missing do many CIOs, IT Managers, and users appreciate the complexity  of the issue.

    1. Backing up only desktops and ignoring laptops, tablets, smartphone and other mobile devices
    2. Thinking that all that matters are mainframe or data center data bases
    3. Not understanding the differences in various deduplication solutions
    4. Not understanding what impact the backup processes have on users
    5. Not having a good grasp of the security implications due to disparate backup files
    6. Focusing only on what is needed today and ignoring future ramifications
    7. Not having a robust deployment solution defined
    8. Understanding the total cost of ownership for a solution or lack of a complete backup and security solution
    9. Ignoring BYOD implications and complications
    10. Not understanding he implications of the backup solution for disaster recovery and business continuity

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    First steps when a disaster or ransomware attack occurs

    Ransomware and DR/BC Process Infrastructure

    Ramsomware and DC/BC Recovery Time

    The recoverty support team, as soon as a DR/BC or ransomware event is declared, should have at least one individual go to the recovery management room and ensure that it is ready.

    Have several copies, of the recovery plan accessible - either electronic or physical printed copy;

    • Bringing along a recovery nteam team battle box containing all the required documents, stationery, log sheets and equipment;
    • Setting up the room;
    • Setting out role cards in a set order;
    • Preparing incident boards;
    • Setting up and/or testing telephones and laptops if they are being used; and
    • Setting up and testing the Wi-Fi and internet connectivity.

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    Backup Best Practices White Paper

    Backup Best Practices White Paper Updated

    Backup Best PracticesManaging backup and recovery in today's environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements. Best Best Practices White Paper has just been updated to include implications of Artificial Intelligence and omni commerce.

    IT organizations of all sizes contend with a growing data footprint with more data to manage, protect, and preserve for longer periods of time. Online primary storage, has focus a on fast low latency, reliable access to data while near-line secondary storage has a focus on low cost and high capacity.

    Long-term data retention requires a combination of ultra-low cost, good performance during storage and retrieval, and reduced footprint in terms of power, cooling, floor-space and economics - also known as a small green footprint - for inactive data.

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    Disaster Recovery Business Continuity

    Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Common Mistakes

    DRP / BCP TemplateMost common mistakes made in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning are eliminated by implementing the Janco Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Template. Problems that are avoided are:

    • Failure to identify every potential event that can jeopardize the infrastructure and data that your enterprise depends
    • Failure to cross-train personnel in disaster recovery and business continuity
    • Failure to create a communication processes which will work when your communication infrastructure is lost
    • Failure to have adequate backup power
    • Failure to know which resources need to be restored first
    • Failure to have  adequate physical documentation of your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan 
    • Failure to validate the adequacy of your back ups
    • Failure  to test your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan
    • Failure to have passwords available to the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity team
    • Failure to keep your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan up to date

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    Baseline for best practices defined

    Ten Commandments of Disaster and Business Continuity Management

    Administrators need tools and platforms that can help them plan, design, and implement disaster recovery strategies that can meet those needs.

  • Analyze single points of failure
  • Keep Updated notification trees
  • Be aware of current events
  • Plan for worst-case scenarios
  • Clearly document recovery processes
  • Centralize information
  • Create test plans and scripts
  • Retest regularly
  • Perform comprehensive recovery and business continuity test
  • Define metrics and create score cards

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