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Disaster Recovery Organizations can double its data in months but it requires enough time to store data. It is up to the business to comply with regulations and establish an effective system for records management. While records management is extremely important, disaster recovery planning plays a key role. Since the huge amount of stored data for the average organization can necessitate extensive capital, many companies mistakenly choose to cut costs by skipping area of planning altogether.

Why Disaster Recovery Planning Matters An organization is responsible for protecting and managing all of the data it stores. Whether that information is missioncritical or contains customers’ private data, the company is obligated to securely store it. Planning shouldn’t only focus on the data needed for day-to-day operations. Since most customer information and client files can contain personal, sensitive information, it is equally important to protect all data during a disaster situation such as a flood, blackout, fire, hurricane, or even terrorist act.

Another common issue for organizations is virtual threats. These can include viruses, network errors, and data breaches that not only stop the business from operating, but can expose important information as well. Secure disaster recovery planning ensures that data isn’t lost, deleted, or stolen, as well as safely stored and protected from third parties-including identity thieves. If vital records are unable to be accessed, a business may never be able to recover.

Why Back-Ups Aren’t Enough Backup systems are highly complex and many organizations use them for their disaster recovery planning. While having in-house backup systems are important for recovery, they aren’t as secure or reliable as having a plan in place for records management. Backup systems should be used to store mission-critical data that can be reinstalled to get a business on its feet following a disaster. What shouldn’t be stored on a backup system, however, is customer information or other personal, sensitive data that could be intercepted by a third party.

Digital backup systems cannot protect paper files from water, fire, or even soot damage. Instead, an organization should include records management within its plan to ensure paper files are secured and stored offsite-away from potential disaster areas. Regardless of your industry or the size of your organization, having effective disaster recovery planning in place is imperative for the security and sustainability of your company. Companies specializing in records management can help store digital files as well as paper-based files to ensure you not only secure your records, but also comply with all state and federal backup regulations.

Disaster recovery planning protects your vital records  

Organizations can double its data in months but it requires enough time to store data. It is up to the business to comply with regulations a...

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