Recent high-profile data breaches and IT-related failures have likely stirred concerns about disaster recovery for many IT managers. However, one expert recently asserted that disaster recovery responsibilities extend beyond the IT department.
In a recent CFOworld report, IT writer Sandra Gittlen stated that for a disaster recovery plan to be effective, it must involve everyone within an organization. Typically, the IT department is responsible for ensuring certain disaster recovery solutions, such as cloud computing and virtualization, are in place. But in a well-structured disaster recovery plan, everyone plays a role.
Gittlen noted that the recent failure of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service highlighted some of the concerns about disaster recovery plans. The cloud has been regarded by some as a means of reducing the need for IT staff. If this is the case, other employees must play a larger role in disaster recovery.
"The problem that cloud-based services, including Software-as-a-Service, present is that some companies are trying to get by with little to no IT," Gittlen wrote. "That leaves them with no one skilled to ask and answer these difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, questions."
Businesses that fail to implement effective disaster recovery plans run the risk of losing operations for a significant amount of time. This was highlighted by the recent breach experienced by Sony. Though the disaster was man-made, it resulted in the shutdown of Sony's PlayStation Network online gaming service for several weeks.
While a big company, such as Sony, is likely able to absorb this damage, smaller businesses may not fare so well. If a disaster is big enough, a company may lose a significant amount of revenue or, in some cases, be forced to go out of business if it doesn't have the proper protection and recovery solutions in place.