You must not wait to lose your data before you realize your business needs a disaster recovery plan. The reasons there now are disaster recovery service providers like TrueNorth Disaster Recovery is not just to help companies come back from the ashes of data loss, but to help businesses avoid such an eventuality. Many businesses have lost thousands of dollars, sometimes even millions because the leadership failed to create a working plan for data recovery.

On the other hand, there are businesses that know that data recovery is important, but have a distorted or entirely wrong approach and view of data recovery. Available research estimates that 94% of businesses are never able to recover long term after a devastating data loss. To avoid becoming part of these statistics, what are some things you might be doing wrong in data recovery and how can you fix them?

You approach data recovery as a tech-only issue

This is a very common challenge for businesses regardless of size. Many business owners believe data recovery is entirely a machine and technology affair. This is far from the truth. Disaster recovery incorporates process, governance and most importantly, people. To get DR right, the different teams within your company must work in one accord. You must also ensure that the team responsible for doing the actual recovery has the necessary experience and expertise to deliver the results your company needs. The DR process should also be clearly defined.

This is, perhaps, why most businesses prefer outsourcing data recovery solutions. An outsourced team of experts will bring everyone on board who knows what role they play and may have done data recovery many times for other clients. An outside firm can also easily allocate resources to have experts on standby as soon as disaster strikes.

You think you are ready without testing

You can never be sure that you are ready for a disaster unless you do proper testing. These DR tests must be carried out regularly. Data recovery is almost guaranteed to be a disaster if the last test you conducted was four years ago. Testing is about frequency and adaptation to the changes taking place in your company network.

Your business is constantly changing. Therefore, your data recovery preparedness must reflect these changes. Otherwise, you might discover how flawed your data recovery plan is when it is too late to do anything to fix it. We would recommend that you do you tests twice every year so that you can bring you plan up-to-date with where your business is and the direction it is taking into the future.