Disaster Recovery

Disasters are unpredictable. And when disaster strikes—whether it is a hurricane or cyberattack—your digital assets may be at risk. Having a plan in place is essential to protecting your data and getting back online as quickly as possible.

Types 

Environmental

Living in Florida, we are familiar with the threat of natural disasters. Hurricane season runs June 1 to November 1 every year. If a storm threatens the university or surrounding area, we must be ready to react immediately. Lower-category storms can cause extended power outages, while intense storms can force a mass evacuation.

Man-Made

Major cyberattacks such as ransomware or other data breaches may take you offline entirely. A comprehensive security suite is essential for protecting your devices, but it is still important to have a backup of all your digital assets stored in a secure and separate location, such as the cloud.

Tips

 

Back up your files to a flash drive, external hard drive or cloud service

 

Charge all your electronic devices to full battery

 

Use battery-saving techniques, such as dimming screen brightness, disconnecting Bluetooth devices and turning on airplane mode

 

Check that home technology is updated

 

Ensure antivirus software is up to date on your devices

 

Confirm your home Wi-Fi routers and firewalls are properly configured

 

Keep a hard copy of important documents with you, such as passports, wills and insurance policies

 

Leave other essential documents and items in a safe deposit box or fire safe

 

Unplug all electronic devices not connected to surge protectors when a storm is coming

 

Create an inventory of devices (and chargers!) to bring with you if you need to evacuate

Resources

Disaster Recovery Overview

Learn what disaster recovery means in a business setting in this LinkedIn Learning video

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Disaster Supply Kit

Build a kit so you are prepared to survive on your own for a few days

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Disaster-Related Scams

Study up on common disaster-related scams to protect your personal information and finances

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