Staying Prepared in Uncertain Times: Backup and Disaster Recovery
June 16, 2017
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June 16, 2017
There’s always an element in business that includes managing risk. But nowhere is that element of risk so high as in today’s information technology field. Consider these three points:
These are the reasons why backup and disaster recovery is so important to your business.
Protecting Yourself from the #1 Hacker Tactic This Year
The fact that ransomware is on the rise should be your first clue that moving the disaster recovery line item on your IT budget to the back burner is a bad idea. According to Barkly, ransomware is making cyber criminals a bundle and every 40 seconds a new company is infected.
What’s the number one cure for a hacker that’s encrypted your data and sent you a ransom note that says, “Pay up to regain your files?” The cure is a backup.
It’s this simple: If you are diligent in your backup recovery protocols you will always be able to recover your data. If not, you will be in trouble.
“Robust backups are a key component of an anti-ransomware strategy.”
Philip Casesa, Product Development Strategist, ISC2
Cyber threats like ransomware are just one of the possible crises you might experience this year. Ask yourself if you’re prepared today for these threats:
From a disgruntled employee stealing a laptop, failure of crucial hardware, a tornado, to a data security breach, you should think through the threats to stay one step ahead. A good disaster recovery plan for business will establish contingencies for all of these possible issues.
Frequently Asked Questions on Backup and Disaster Recovery
Whether it’s data failure, a natural disaster, or a hacking event, disaster recovery for business is an imperative. The first step in preparedness is always the planning process. Your plan should include all critical stakeholders in the organization and should be a written document with their buy in.
Unfortunately, it seems many backup and disaster recovery plans aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. The 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey showed that 40% of the companies surveyed said their backup and disaster recovery plans helped very little during a real crisis.
These are the crucial questions that guide your disaster recovery for business planning process:
Whether you make the decision to outsource to backup and disaster recovery services depends upon the size of your organization and the type of business you’re in.
Backup and Disaster Recovery Services
Typically outsourcing to a backup and recovery services vendor means you’re farming out parts of your existing plan. But, most backup and disaster recovery services companies offer an assessment, development of a crisis preparedness plan, implementation of the approved plan, and maintenance. The truth is that disaster recovery for business isn’t a one-off; planning and testing should be ongoing in order to stay ahead of the evolving nature of risk.
You’ve probably already adopted a hybrid tech model with a blend of on-premise and cloud data storage, perhaps some SaaS, and legacy silos of in-house platforms. It’s a complicated tech mesh now, which creates more points of vulnerability and more areas for potential failure.
Backup and disaster recovery services can help with everything from data backup and recovery, testing and plan development, and much more. These providers recognize that every minute of downtime means lost revenue.
For more information on how TOSS C3 can help your business stay prepared, download the white paper: Managed IT Services For Small Businesses. The next step is to get a free assessment.
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