The rash of recent hurricanes has reminded us of the importance of disaster planning and the imperative need for a recovery plan. While a number of our clients were impacted by these storms, we are relieved to say there was no loss of life and that the colleges were back online relatively quickly.
Many of you have developed disaster recovery and business continuity plans, which is a wonderful first step toward being prepared. You should also consider the following:
Have you tested your plans recently?
Have you run simulations to ensure that all stakeholders and personnel responsible for specific actions understand and can perform their assigned tasks?
Have you considered alternate plans should key personnel suffer personal damages that impede them from performing the roles assigned to them by the college?
Have you tested your backups?
Do you have a second site to access your data that is a sufficient distance from your location and can provide fairly quick access to your mission-critical systems?
Is your communication plan detailed? Do you have alternative means to contact every employee?
How will you communicate with students?
A disaster recovery plan is only as good as the last time it was tested. While testing is a college-wide effort, the small investment today will position you for a quicker recovery in the event of a disaster.