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Disaster Recovery Strategies

This post highlights why every business should have a disaster recovery strategy and what it should include

All business owners will understand the importance of minimising risks, and as a digitally active company in 2017, you can’t afford to lose your data. Whether it’s a natural disaster, a human error or a cyber-attack, not having the proper precautions in place could mean a business loses vital information and in the worst case scenario, could mean losing everything. Data loss is costly and can have a devastating impact on a businesses.

So what is a disaster recovery strategy (DRS)? In the simplest of terms, it is the combination of data backup and disaster recovery solutions designed to work together to ensure uptime, diminish data loss and maximized productivity during a cyber-attack. In other words, data recovery strategies keep businesses safe when trouble strikes.

We’ve reviewed some of the top benefits of having a robust DRS in place to give you an idea of why these measures are so important to the health of your business, and why creating and implementing one should be a top priority for all businesses.

It lessens the impact of a cyber-attack
As more and more data is created online, cybercriminals are increasing their efforts and targeting businesses that they believe are unprotected. By making time to create a DRS, you’ll have already outlined the necessary steps to mitigate the consequences of a cyber-attack, which will help you to act quickly and lessen the chance of losing precious information.

Because technology can break
No matter how top-of-the-range your equipment is, it doesn’t safeguard you from malfunctions and breakdowns – you’d be surprised how many IT professionals suffer this. In fact, US IT firm Peak 10 + ViaWest claims 99 per cent of IT professionals have experienced a hardware failure. A DRS will give you peace of mind that you have another back-up measure to rely on if you fall under attack from cybercriminals.

It protects against the effects of natural disasters                              Whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or any other extreme natural disasters, there are plenty of uncontrollable circumstances that could cause your business to experience downtime. While a disaster recovery strategy can’t prevent a natural disaster from happening, it can protect you from suffering from their consequences, and ensure that downtime doesn’t compromise your company.

It keeps clients’ data safe
If your business stores a lot of personal client data, you most definitely won’t want that information to slip into the wrong hands. Within a disaster recovery strategy, businesses have the option of choosing to host their information in secure and external data centres. If you’ve done this, all of your information will be properly stored and controlled by experts and, as a result, you won’t have to worry about your brand reputation being damaged should a hacker target your internal business IT.

Humans make mistakes
Much like the machines we use, we are not perfect. Even the most cautious can forget a step in an important process, causing data loss or the wrong data to be entered. Making sure you have an efficient recovery plan, trained employees and a backup solution like C-Assure 365 included within a DRS is incredibly important.

What should be included in my disaster recovery strategy?

Around the clock support
You never know when a disaster will strike within your business. Choosing an IT security firm that offers 24/7 technical support, just like Certus TG, will ease any further complications when your data is being threatened.

Strong and reputable software
It’s important to consider the reputation of any security software you implement as part of your disaster recovery strategy. How long has it been on the market? What do previous customers say about it? How effective is it? The answers to these questions will tell you a lot about which solution to choose. Certus TG offers a range of back-up solutions – why not call one of our friendly IT advisors today for more information: 03333 70 80 90 or email info@certustg.com.

Hardware compatibility
Depending on the hardware that your business uses, you may need a DRS that’s specifically tailored to your current set up. You should always keep this in mind when comparing your options.

Diagrams and directions
It’s crucial in any business to outline standards of procedures and any necessary diagrams in advance, so that you and your staff can take immediate action when your data is under threat. Make sure you circulate this to your employees so that they can take the necessary action as quickly as possible on the frontline.

Regular updates
With technology constantly evolving and the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, your disaster recovery strategy shouldn’t be considered a static document. It should include scheduled reviews to ensure that everything in your plan is up-to-date and aligned with your current business objectives.

With this in mind, you needn’t assume that something bad will ever happen to your business. However, the reality is that you’re very likely to face one of these issues at some point in the future. There’s no way to prevent a cyber-attack, natural disaster, technical malfunction or a human error, but you can protect your business by investing in a strategy that aids data backup and disaster recovery for when you and your business really need it.

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