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Have you ever thought about what would happen to your business in the event of a disaster?
According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses will not reopen after a disaster, and another 25 percent will fail within a year. Chances are you have insurance to help you rebuild in the case of a natural disaster, but what if you lose your information systems and data?
According to a June 2015 survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, 75 percent of small business respondents have no disaster recovery plan in place. In addition, 52 percent believe it would take three months or longer to recover from a disaster. What happens if you lose your accounts receivable data, business contacts, or patient records?
Here are three steps to take to help make sure your business can weather a storm and ensure your data is secure:
There are two types of plans you should consider to help your business recover in case of a disaster: a backup disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan.
Then consider what additional steps you need to take to ensure your data is safe.
When making your plans, you should walk before you run. Have a good BDR plan first, then tackle BC planning.
Many traditional BDR solutions are no longer sufficient for modern businesses. Tape drives, disks and NAS devices have many drawbacks, including slow backups, long times for data recovery, and a high risk of corrupting or destroying data. They can be difficult to test, time consuming, and susceptible to human error.
A modern BDR solution saves data quickly and efficiently to both a local device and the cloud (which we discussed in our last post), resulting in predictable recovery in the event of a disaster. Ask your IT provider for a solution that is fully automated, can be tested, and provides predictable and acceptable recovery in the event of a disaster.
Develop the plan and test it often. Work with your IT provider to make sure you can turn off all critical systems and recover all systems and data in an acceptable amount of time. A recovery that takes eight hours to perform might work for one business, but could be catastrophic to another.
It’s time to ensure you have a plan in place to keep your company up and running in the event of a disaster, especially regarding your IT systems and data.
Matt McDermott is the owner of 43Tc and a guest writer for CBT.