Why you need to plan for IT disasters

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Why you need to plan for IT disasters

Not enough businesses are prepared for the worst, according to the former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

If you rely on IT, it is important to think about business continuity and make plans for coping with failures or attacks, according to Major General Stephen Day, the former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre and former Head of Cyber at the Department of Defence.

Perhaps you use a mobile POS system to invoice and collect payments from your customers. What will you do if the service goes down or the network fails?

Or if the PC that runs your accounting software is hit by malware, do you have an adequate backup of the files, and is there another computer you can restore them to?

Every business should have a plan B – a disaster recovery plan – but they aren’t as common as they should be, particularly among small businesses, according to Day.

"The biggest [security] problem is awareness," said Day, who was speaking at a recent Intel Security Innovation Forum in Melbourne and Sydney.

You have to realise there's a potential for things to go badly wrong before you can prepare for such events, he said.

Creating a disaster recovery plan

Think about what could go wrong with your business IT – what plans do you have for dealing with those situations? Of course, there are potential physical dangers to your premises, such as fire, as well.

There are any number of guides and templates to help you start disaster recovery planning, including these from the Federal Government’s business.gov.au and the CPA

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