Problems with IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Los Angeles RIAs

Craig Pollack | Oct 30, 2015

Problems with IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Los Angeles RIAsEnough tech-based disasters have made the news in recent years for Los Angeles RIAs to take a serious look at their IT disaster recovery planning.

Thanks to industry regulations, most if not all financial services professionals have some sort of plan in place, but that is only half the battle.

The other half involves reviewing the systems for mistakes that could bring everything tumbling down if left unchecked.

Below are some of the more common disaster recovery plan problems, and what can be done to address them.

Failure to Test

New IT disaster recovery plans should be tested at least twice a year, given the growing sophistication of cyber-criminals. These tests need to account for all types of potential threats, not only the ones that are the most anticipated. An ironclad firewall, for example, is of little use if a natural disaster strikes.

Not Organizing Data

Not all data is mission-critical, and failure to prioritize can leave important files vulnerable while non-essential data is strongly protected. When disaster strikes, prioritization is essential, so RIAs need to safeguard their critical information first before taking care of their incidental files.

Applying a “One Size Fits All” Approach

Solid disaster recovery requires a customized approach. A plan that meets the needs of one RIA may fall short when it comes to another. Any financial services company looking to emerge from a disaster with minimal losses needs to tailor every aspect of their plan to the firm’s infrastructure.

Forgetting About Outlying Data

Despite attempts at centralization, essential data can end up in several different places: desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even portable media like USB drives. The growing popularity of BYOD policies has effectively decentralized data in many companies. RIAs must ensure that all devices capable of storing data are backed up offsite on a regular basis so that recovery can be done quickly and easily in the event of a crisis.

Forgetting to Involve all Key Personnel

IT disasters impact an entire company, so all department heads need to be involved in the recovery plan. A common mistake is to confine the plan details to the IT personnel, who are expected to do most of the recovery work. They may be the ones who restore the systems, but everyone has a role to play in getting the firm fully operational once more.

The Bottom Line

With the right IT disaster recovery plan in place, Los Angeles RIAs can withstand all kinds of disasters without lengthy downtime and loss of data. There are several new technologies on the market today that make recovery quicker and more affordable than before.

For an extra layer of data security, companies can outsource their IT requirements to a reputable colocation center with state-of-the-art disaster recovery platforms in place.

 

Does your company have a disaster recovery plan in place? Has it ever fallen short of expectations? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments box below.

 

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Author

Craig Pollack

Craig Pollack

Craig is the Founder & CEO of FPA Technology Services, Inc. Craig provides the strategy and direction for FPA, ensuring its clients, business owners, and key decision makers leverage technology as efficiently and effectively as possible. With over 25 years of experience building the preeminent IT Service Provider in the Southern California area, Craig is one of the area’s leading authorities on how small to mid-sized businesses can best secure and leverage their technology to achieve their business objectives.

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