The flameous Law Society – Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

A terrible event took place at The Law Society on Saturday 1st February, which very nearly ended in catastrophic damage not only to a wonderful building, but also the contents of The Law Society Library.

I am also working with a top 200 firm as we speak, who’s RTO (Recovery Time Objective) is currently 1 week. This will cost the firm circa £220,000.00… Not to mention the reputational damage!

These points beg the question:

What would happen if your firm caught fire?

In light of this event – I thought it topical to highlight the importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. It seemed fitting.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery is the manner in which data, files, servers, software applications and operating systems are protected from loss or corruption following a damaging event or crash.

What is Business Continuity?

Business Continuity is the manner in which a business can maintain operations during a time of technological malfunction or outage.

  • An BCP (Business Continuity Plan) typically involves:
  • Being proactive to identify potential risks
  • Determining how those risks will affect operations
  • Implementing stopgaps and procedures for combating those risks
  • Testing those procedures to ensure their effectiveness
  • Reviewing and auditing the process to make sure it’s up to date

Why should you safeguard your firm?

  • Businesses are more reliant than ever on the availability of technology
  • Data should be automatically backed-up throughout the day, and securely replicated offsite
  • Businesses need to protect against workplace disasters, assuring continuity of business and service
  • A workplace disaster can take many forms – from the simplicity of a failed air-conditioning unit or disruption to your water, communications or electrical supply; to the more serious instances of fire, storm damage, floods and terrorist activities.

What Service should you be using?

  • Tailor your DR/BC service to suit your existing infrastructure and future
  • Schedule backup points as frequently as every five minutes
  • Continuous replication to your DR service
  • Potentially, an on-premise server recovery to dedicated onsite appliance or alternative hardware.
  • From full DR Cloud estate recovery, hosting and services – to single server recovery.
  • Look or enterprise-class security compliance, such as FIPS 140-1 and 140-2 cryptographic modules
  • Ensure automated recovery testing and verification of backups for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server
  • Annual Disaster Recovery testing

How will downtime impact your law firm?

Clients

  • No access to your fee earners = no fees earned

Productivity

  • A paperless / server-based workforce cannot get anything done

Data

  • May be corrupted or lost.

Satisfaction

  • No fees = unhappy clients and staff

Remember, IT is an investment, NOT a cost.

If you are not sure on any of the above, for your firm. Make sure you are speaking with your service partners as a matter of priority.

Next time, The Law Society and its legal library might not be so lucky.

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