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  • Writer's pictureMargaret McNair

Is Your Business’s Online Presence Safeguarded? Create a Disaster Plan!

Updated: May 20

In today's digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial for businesses of all sizes. Whether you're an e-commerce store, a service provider, or a digital marketing agency like InTandem Digital, ensuring that your website and digital assets are secure and available are paramount to your success. 


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However, despite our best efforts, unexpected events such as server failures, cyberattacks, or natural disasters can disrupt operations and cause downtime, potentially impacting revenue and reputation. Take for instance what happened recently on Tuesday, March 5th. Almost all Facebook and Instagram users were unable to access or manage their social profile pages, for several hours. Social media managers and business owners all over were freaking out! We didn’t know if we were hacked, if they were down forever or what?! The very next day, the LinkedIn platform glitched! This was only for a few minutes, thankfully!


These recent cyber events are what inspired this article and why having a recovery plan in place is essential. A disaster recovery plan outlines the steps and procedures to follow in the event of a disruption, allowing businesses to minimize downtime and recover swiftly. Here at InTandem Digital, we understand the importance of safeguarding your online presence, which is why we've compiled this guide to help you develop an effective disaster recovery plan tailored to your needs.



1. Assess Risks and Vulnerabilities:


Start by conducting a thorough assessment of potential risks and vulnerabilities that could threaten your online presence. Consider factors such as:


  1. Server Reliability: Evaluate the reliability of your web hosting provider and assess the likelihood of server failures or downtime.

  2. Cybersecurity Threats: Identify potential cybersecurity threats such as malware, phishing attacks, and denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

  3. Environmental Risks: Consider environmental factors such as power outages, natural disasters, and physical security threats to your infrastructure.


By understanding your unique risk profile, you can prioritize resources and develop targeted mitigation strategies to protect your online presence.



2. Backup Your Data:


Regularly backing up your website and digital assets is critical for disaster recovery. Ensure that your backups are comprehensive, including website files, databases, and other critical data. Consider the following best practices:


  1. Automated Backups: Implement automated backup solutions to ensure that your data is backed up regularly without manual intervention.

  2. Offsite Storage: Store backups in multiple offsite locations to mitigate the risk of data loss due to physical damage or theft.

  3. Version Control: Maintain version control of your backups to enable easy restoration to previous states in the event of data corruption or accidental deletion.

By establishing robust backup procedures, you can minimize the impact of data loss and expedite the recovery process in the event of an outage.


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3. Implement Security Measures:


Protecting your online presence from cyber threats is essential in today's digital landscape. Implement the following security measures to safeguard your website and digital assets:


  1. Firewalls: Deploy firewalls to monitor and filter incoming and outgoing network traffic, preventing unauthorized access and malicious attacks.

  2. Antivirus Software: Install reputable antivirus software to detect and remove malware, viruses, and other malicious software from your systems.

  3. Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS): Deploy IDS to monitor network traffic for suspicious activity and potential security breaches, triggering alerts and responses when anomalies are detected.

  4. Regular Updates: Keep your software, plugins, and operating systems up to date with the latest security patches and updates to mitigate known vulnerabilities.

By implementing a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity, you can reduce the risk of data breaches and cyberattacks, enhancing the resilience of your online presence.


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4. Develop a Contingency Plan:


Prepare for potential disruptions by developing a comprehensive contingency plan that outlines how you'll respond to different types of emergencies. Consider the following key components:


  1. Stakeholder Identification: Identify key stakeholders and establish communication channels to facilitate coordination and collaboration during an outage.

  2. Roles and Responsibilities: Assign roles and responsibilities to team members, specifying their duties and tasks during the recovery process.

  3. Communication Protocols: Establish communication protocols to keep stakeholders informed throughout the recovery process, providing regular updates and status reports.

  4. Recovery Procedures: Develop detailed procedures and workflows for restoring your online presence, including steps for data restoration, system recovery, and post-event analysis.

By proactively planning and preparing for potential emergencies, you can minimize downtime and expedite the recovery process, mitigating the impact on your business operations and reputation.



5. Test and Review Your Plan:


Regularly test and review your disaster recovery plan to ensure its effectiveness and identify any areas for improvement. Consider the following strategies:


  1. Simulated Exercises: Conduct simulated exercises and tabletop drills to simulate real-world scenarios and validate your response procedures.

  2. Performance Metrics: Establish performance metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness of your disaster recovery plan, such as recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).

  3. Continuous Improvement: Periodically review and update your disaster recovery plan to reflect changes in your business environment, technology landscape, and emerging threats.



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In today's digital world, protecting your online presence from outages and disruptions is essential for maintaining business continuity and preserving customer trust. By implementing a robust disaster recovery plan tailored to your needs, you can safeguard your website and digital assets against unforeseen events and ensure that your business remains resilient in the face of adversity.


At InTandem Digital, we're committed to helping businesses like yours thrive in the digital realm. Contact us today to learn more about our custom digital services, including website design, branding identity, content strategy, customer experience strategy, and social media management. Together, we can ensure that your online presence is secure, reliable, and ready to weather any storm.




About the Author


Margaret McNair is a Web and Graphic Designer for InTandem Digital Consulting, as well as head of our Business Process Development. She has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Branding spanning across different industries. 10+ years in website design, content writing and graphic design.

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To learn more about Margaret, visit her on LinkedIn.



InTandem Digital Consulting provides various digital solutions to small and mid-size businesses. Our portfolio includes: Website Design, Social Media Management and Customer Experience Strategy. Our CX workshops are offered both in-person and virtually.


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