If downtime happened in your business, how long would it take you to recover? More importantly, would you be able to recover fully? Your ability to be resilient—to bounce back from minor disruptions or major disasters—can depend on the work you do today to prepare for what might happen tomorrow.

These steps can help you protect your data, recover your environment and manage your resiliency over the long-term:

Define objectives. Determine your business and IT needs and vision, recovery time objectives and recovery point requirements. Then, define the key business processes and system interdependencies that should be involved in meeting your goals.

Tier applications and data. Identify which data needs to be protected, as well as where and how it is stored and recovered. Tier and prioritize each workload, according to compliance and availability requirements and its criticality to the business.

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Align environments. The core of every full and successful recovery starts with gaining a good copy of your data. So, once you implement your recovery solution, make sure to sync your production and recovery environments. That way, you can be up to date and ready to go if a disaster or other type of disruption occurs, or if you need to pass recovery audits.

Document and test. Define and document the backup and recovery process for your entire environment. Completely test all the infrastructures, applications, and dependencies, and repeat the tests on an on-going basis to ensure the readiness of your recovery and data.

Automate recovery processes. Consider technologies that discover, automate and update recovery processes for you. This can greatly reduce the leading cause of downtime: human error.

Manage for continuity. Being resilient isn’t something on a list you can check off:  It is an on-going process that requires much time and attention. You can choose to have your own staff handle it, shift the full responsibility to a provider or share it with them. Beyond business continuity and disaster recovery expertise, the added value of using a provider is that your recovery solution can be backed by service level agreements for greater peace of mind.

Whether you act on these steps solely with your in-house IT team or in partnership with a third-party, you can be confident of one thing: With the right approach, both your environment and your business can be fully resilient.