Disaster Recovery Has Never Been More Important
With the current weather challenges that Storm Laura is posing, we as business owners need to be aware that losing our data at this crucial time in the economic recovery, is going to be a hammer blow to our chances. We have already suffered a huge hit from the lockdown and losing any more time, will not only hinder our progress but potentially, cause our businesses to collapse. During the time we have been locked down, cybercriminals have been working overtime to come up with new and innovative ways to steal our data. So be it a natural disaster or some kind of security breach we need to be ready to defend our customer data.
On the cloud
You know the drill, anything that isn’t on the cloud, isn’t safe. Using expert managed it services will help you to transfer all your business data to a secure location. It will be off-site, somewhere safe and it will have its own personal security. This involves having servers that are protected in hardware designed to store servers equipment. It will have CCTV cameras, security guards and password-protected rooms. Not only that, but it will have expert encryption that protects from hacking attempts and malware. The cloud system will also allow you to access your data from any platform. So whether you’re on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you can always retrieve files that you may need or any kind of documents that have vital information about an invoice or customer details in order to do a refund.
Your employees must set the standard when it comes to data protection and disaster recovery. Any work they are doing, must be saved periodically. How periodically? Well, most safe practice is, even other hours. So one or two hours goes by during the working day, the work being done should be saved onto the cloud automatically. This can be automated and it can be done manually.
Saving key projects and tasks onto a hard drive is also a good practice. It might seem like a chore, to begin with, but you can set up a system whereby the work is saved onto the cloud and onto a hard drive at the same time. Just to be safe, at the end of every working day, managers should be saving all progress made onto hard drives for good practice.
Having a backup power generator fitted to your roof or to somewhere outside the property is vital. Even if it’s a diesel generator that only works for 20-30 hours, you will have time to get your projects onto the cloud and hard drives. You may also have extra time to finish a project or carry on working for the next 3 to 4 days. In the meantime, the power might come back on and it will be like nothing ever changed for your business.
After so many weeks of being in lockdown, now is not the time to lose customer data due to a human error or natural disaster. These measures are tried and true, so implement them before something like Storm Laura hurts your business.
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