Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 70 | Page 46


Disaster Recovery planning in the wake of intensified ransomware attacks

Typically , Disaster Recovery planning involves an analysis of business processes and continuity needs . Before generating a detailed plan , an organisation often performs a business impact analysis ( BIA ) and risk analysis ( RA ), and it establishes recovery objectives . Industry pundits share with us insights and look at a step-by-step plan , precautions organisations should take to minimise the effects of a disaster .


Disaster Recovery ( DR ) plan is a documented , structured approach that describes how an organisation can quickly resume work after an unplanned incident . A DR is an essential part of a Business Continuity plan ( BCP ). It is applied to the aspects of an organisation that depend on a functioning IT infrastructure . A DRP aims to help an organisation resolve data loss and recover system functionality so that it can perform in the aftermath of an incident , even if it operates at a minimal level . can continue to operate or quickly resume missioncritical functions .
As cybercrime and security breaches become more sophisticated , it is important for an organisation to define its data recovery and protection strategies . The ability to quickly handle incidents can reduce downtime and minimise both financial and reputational damages . Furthermore , DR plans allow organisations to ensure they meet all compliance requirements , while also providing a clear roadmap to recovery .
The step-by-step plan consists of the precautions to minimise the effects of a disaster so the organisation
Nasser Bostan , Head , Security Sales , Middle East and Africa , BT , said since the onset of the pandemic
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