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Disaster recovery testing: how to get it right

With an article prepared for Business Continuity Awareness Week, Ryan Weeks, chief information security officer at Datto shares five tips that business managers and IT teams should follow to help ensure that disaster recovery testing efforts are effective.

Having a solid disaster recovery (DR) strategy in place is imperative – but if you don’t test it regularly, you still risk your business being hit hard if ransomware strikes or if there is a system outage. The purpose of IT disaster recovery testing is to pinpoint and fix any flaws in your DR plan well before you find yourself in a real disaster scenario.

To do this, you need to thoroughly scrutinize how well your plan performs, and allow enough time to resolve any issues before they impact the ability to restore operations in case of an emergency. Scheduled and frequent testing is the only way to be certain your organization can be back up and running quickly following an outage.

To help ensure your testing efforts are effective, follow these five key steps: