Would your business survive a disaster? Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan? Are you risking business continuity and relying on luck and the way the wind is blowing?
According to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), roughly 40% to 60% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. Of the businesses that do open, 25% of them fail within the next year. Those who recover operations within five days have a better chance of making it. Are you prepared?
FEMA considers the following business-disrupting everyday disasters:
- Burst Pipes
- Server Failure
In addition, you must also protect your business from cyber-attacks, which includes viruses, intrusion and data destruction and ransomware. Of course, add natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes to the disaster list.
It is pretty sobering to see that even those businesses in the middle of the country, like Indiana, are susceptible to a variety of disasters – every day.
Protect your business with system security
Disaster recovery begins much earlier than the day of a disaster. In regard to an IT failure, your initial step should be building security into your IT system. Employing security measures both with hardware and applications can greatly reduce the potential of successful intrusions. That alone will give you some peace of mind.
However, in order for the security to be the most effective, you must monitor and maintain it continually. Managed Security ensures all your protections are up to date and working properly.
Protect critical systems and data with backups
Experiencing a disaster is personally a profound event. However, add to it the loss of a job or a business, and it can feel unfathomable. Not just for you but also for your employees and vendors. After a disaster people say, “Well, as long as everyone survived, everything else is replaceable.” While that is true, a business recovering from a disaster faces very distinct challenges.
In today’s world, the biggest challenge is the recovery of IT capabilities and data loss. The hardware can be replaced. But the data is another story. Losses, ranging from confidential employee information to operation information and systems can cripple a company. Additional loss of financial data might force a decision you do not want to make.
The most critical protection from IT losses is the regular, automatic backup of your IT systems and all data.
However, as important as creating backups, there is one more process to employ. Monitor and test your backups to ensure that there is no corrupt data or application error that would prevent recovery. The checks will ensure you have time to address any problems prior to a disaster when you need the backup.
In the past, you might have made a backup and taken a copy home every day, or once a week. However, what might have been adequate 20 years ago is not even a consideration today. You need all your data in a safe, secure location and the Cloud fits that bill. At Catapult Tech Solutions, we put great emphasis on our Cloud Services and Managed Security. Actually, we take it a step further, preferring layered security and always, always having a Plan B.
Be prepared with a Disaster Recovery Plan
The single most important thing you should have after a disaster is a Disaster Recovery Plan. Your plan should cover all aspects of the business from protecting people to protecting important records and, of course, planning for IT redundancy.
The day after a disaster is when you will appreciate all the precautions you have taken to protect and recover your IT system. In the meantime, you know all your IT data and systems are protected and recoverable.
Whatever kind of disaster you are facing, Catapult Tech Solutions is here to help you. We are here to help you restore your system and data, and we are here to help prepare you for a disaster in the future. Call us at 317-522-1299.
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