Creating a disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a difficult yet necessary task. It takes time to find one that meets your needs. Even then, most organizations don’t fully invest in it because of the time, money, and resources required to implement it. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that damages caused by a crash can outweigh what they invest in creating a DRP.

The number of online threats is increasing day by day. And we can expect this number to increase further in the future. With new threats emerging in 2022, it’s essential for organizations to regularly reassess their strategy.

In this article, we have listed down major signs why you need to review your DRP.

Old Servers

With time, a server’s performance begins to dip. Therefore, the chances of your organization’s system collapsing increase. This is a common scenario that you must prepare for. Changing an aging server can be costly and frustrating. However, doing so will help you improve business efficiency since your systems will no longer suffer from unexpected crashes. Likewise, a new server will incur fewer costs compared to an aging server prone to crashes.

Incompatible Infrastructure

It’s common for small and mid-sized businesses to rely too much on their IT teams. IT teams are responsible for analyzing, troubleshooting, and updating corporate and infrastructure assets. Having faith in the people you hired isn’t a bad thing. However, if your team lacks experience, security and maintenance issues can easily overwhelm them.

If your IT team is fully occupied with fixing daily issues, it can be hard for them to pay attention to essential system upgrades. Even if they vigilantly update the system, they can miss key changes that impact the existing systems, resulting in misconfigurations. As a result, computers, laptops, and other devices in your organization can easily become incompatible with critical applications, causing significant downtime.

Large RPO and RTO Windows

DRP often comprise two key elements, namely Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs).

RTO outlines the timeframe of a data recovery process, letting us know how much time we have from beginning to completion of the restoration process.

On the other hand, RPO defines the estimated amount of information an organization can lose in the event of a complete outage. All team members try their best to reduce RTOs and RPOs. Ensuring both these values enables organizations to experience fewer costs, higher productivity, less downtime, and a lower loss of credibility.