Every business will face disaster recovery at some point, the question is when? When a disaster strikes, is the business ready to implement its disaster recovery plan or will the business grind to a halt?
The disaster can come in many forms; it may come in an obvious and dramatic way like a flood, fire, lightning, tornado, or some other natural disaster. Disaster can also include corporate data theft, from either a malicious insider threat or an external threat that extracts data and deletes everything.
The insider threat is the number one threat businesses face related to disasters and cybersecurity. This threat has three primary delivery modes:
- Malicious intent: A disgruntled, malicious, or soon-to-be-terminated employee steals data, deletes critical files, contracts, and contacts.
- No malicious intent where technologically competent, experimentally-minded employees test a new technology method and accidentally delete everything or corrupt the data, making it unusable.
- No malicious intent where employees with little technological experience accidentally delete, overwrite, or otherwise misplace critical files and emails.
All of these threats represent very real, practical ways data is compromised or otherwise destroyed, the question is, what are you doing about it?
A disaster recovery plan starts with examining your critical business operations and understanding what risk is and is not acceptable. How many hours can your business go without accessing its critical systems and servers? How many hours of production time on those systems are you willing to lose? How many employees are affected by this downtime? How much revenue are your missing because of the downtime event?
A quick review of some basic numbers and your total downtime cost can quickly hit six-figure numbers, and for many companies, this could have a seven-digit-figure impact! The reality is you need a team of people to back you and your business up, so that you are able to quickly get back to work and minimize your downtime.
Disaster recovery planning is one aspect of your business you cannot afford to skip over. Take a few minutes and examine what your current data backup method. How quickly can you fully restore that data? Does it have to be downloaded file-by-file, or mailed from a data center on the other side of the country, only to be uploaded for hours or days on end? It does not have to be that hard!
Reach out today to see how we can help you with your disaster recovery planning efforts so your business is ready to face a disaster with confidence.