Disaster recovery is not a fun topic, but it's a necessity for any business with electronic data. Forbes discussed how technology is dynamic, always changing and needs to be upgraded. This means companies' disaster recovery plans must be frequently overhauled, too.

Businesses seem to be lacking the initiative to update their recovery programs. Despite the rise of criticism related to corporate security and how important it is for all companies to ensure their protective infrastructures are patched and modernized, only 34 percent of IT managers are "reasonably confident" that their disaster recovery plans would be successful if used, according to a survey by Timico.

Creating a disaster recovery program
For any business that does not have a disaster recovery program in place - or has one that is in dire need of an update - Forbes recommended using a third-party recovery service provider. The provider can focus on creating a good program while the business can keep on task and continue with its day-to-day processes. While many enterprises depend on the IT department to create a successful disaster recovery plan, it doesn't always turn out that way.

"IT managers are renowned for having a lot on their plate, but when things go wrong, there's nowhere to hide," said Tom Moores, sales director for cloud and hosting at Timico. "Disaster recovery plans are effectively worthless if they are not tested, reviewed and updated as there is no way to guarantee whether the backup plan will pull through. From burst water pipes to natural disasters and simple human error, the threat of downtime is more likely than many people realize - which makes an unproven plan a huge risk."

Keeping the plan on track
CSO had some recommendations for businesses looking to create a disaster recovery plan of their own, and one of them was putting together a functional team to handle the strategy it. Even if a business uses an outside resource to create a program, a team may still be necessary to keep it on track by updating it regularly and making sure it will live up to expectations should the worst happen.

"Disaster recovery is an essential component of IT management, but in the past it has always been seen as a bit of a headache, with businesses having to invest heavily in duplicate equipment before they could be 100 percent confident and conduct thorough testing," Moores said.

Investing in a disaster recovery program is just as important as keeping up with technology standards. Hiring a secure email provider alongside a disaster recovery specialist can kill two birds with one stone and improve business technology practices.