More than 70 percent of companies are not currently confident in their ability to restore data in the case of an outage. This new guide from Expedient outlines 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery Preparedness. With planning and testing, IT leaders can prepare for a disaster before it strikes.

The enormous monetary impact of unplanned downtime and data loss also should not be overlooked. Collectively, companies cited $754 billion in data loss and $954 billion in downtime in 2014.

In the event of a disaster, could you give direction on which data takes priority over others, or how fast your systems needed to be up and running again? A thorough disaster recovery plan with clear objectives can help you consider these questions and respond to a disaster in record time.

It is also critical to ensure that your IT staff has a complete depth of knowledge in each technology skillset required to properly mitigate the risk of outages. If the workload for your staff is too high, know that this can have an adverse effect on the availability of your systems.

Are you really ready for disaster recovery? Expedient’s new infographic from 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery Preparedness describes the state of data security and disaster recovery.