(Video) How playing a game can improve your DR

Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd and Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime discusses how playing a game can improve your DR process

Hi. My name is Roger. Today I’d like to talk to you about how playing a game can improve your disaster recovery. Disaster recovery is understanding what your business is going to do when everything goes catastrophic. So what are you going to do when building winds down? What you are going to do if flood waters come through? What happens if you get a cyber attack and they take out your main systems?

So disaster recovery is really important because it makes sure that you have the plan to go forward and go onto your business continuity and make sure everything works. But how do you test it. You don’t want to be in a situation where the first test that you do of your disaster recovery is when the flood water is flowing in under the door. Because that is not a place to be. And I can tell you it’s an experience that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. So how do we test it? One of the ways we can test it and have an impact on the business is to actually physically do it. [Indiscernible 00:01:12]. What’s everybody going to do when everyone’s running around in circles? That is not really good and economical way of testing a disaster recovery. And disaster recovery needs to be tested regularly. Once every six months, once every three months, once every year minimum. So it needs to be done. But you don’t want to take everybody out of the loop and make sure that they literally stop working. If you stop working, all of that money, all of the revenue these people are generating is just going out the window. So what you need to do? Well, one of the things we’ve come up with is you play a game. You pick all your primary people around a table in a boardroom and you go [Indiscernible 00:02:00] and he will say, okay you’ve lost this.

Now what is your business disaster recovery system going to make sure that you can do about that? Is the back up in place? Where is the back up? Who’s got the back up? Is the backup [Indiscernible 00:02:18]. So let’s take out the server. The server has what? What are you guys going to do if you don’t have Exchange? Office 365, you just take an internet connection.

What are going to do now? That is what disaster recovery is all about. by finding out how you react to those cards [Indiscernible 00:02:43] will then you will find holes that you can resolve and make sure that when the real problem happens, when flood comes underneath the door, did you have a solution in place that is going to go, turn that off, pick it up and move it over there, hand it in, turn it off and off you go. Because that is you disaster recovery plan. So if you want to have a decent disaster recovery plan without using a revenue usually involved in testing it, then please contact us, we will quite happily come on the [Indiscernible 00:03:21] and make sure you that can do it. Thank you very much.

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