No matter where your business calls home, it will be vulnerable to some sort of disaster, whether it’s a natural disaster that wipes your office off the map or a cyberattack that cripples your data infrastructure. You don’t have to resign yourself to this fate, though; with the appropriate tools, your business can survive just about anything and keep operations going even under the worst circumstances.
If your business suddenly lost access to its entire data infrastructure, what would you do? Would you be able to restore a backup, or would you flounder while trying to replace all of this important data? Whether it’s hardware failure, data corruption, or a malware attack like ransomware, you will want to be prepared for any scenario that could potentially destroy your data. We recommend you implement the 3-2-1 rule, with three copies of your data total in two different locations, one of which is on-site and the other in an off-site data center.
If you depend on the office environment to access all of the tools you need to do your job, what happens if your office no longer exists, or if something like a global pandemic forces you to work remotely? Cloud-based solutions make it easier than ever to adjust to these situations, as they provide access to solutions anytime-anywhere as long as an Internet connection and web browser/application is present. It can also increase productivity! Essentially, when you host data or applications online, they live in an online environment, meaning any connected device can access it with the appropriate authentication measures.
If you never know what could happen, then you should act like it. You need to be prepared for just about any scenario. While some might be more likely, you shouldn’t discount other, less-common disasters, either. You should have a clear line of succession in place, as well as a plan for who will put into action various parts of your disaster recovery processes. Basically, you want to have all of your company’s vital business practices covered. You’ll take more than just technology into consideration for your business continuity plan; you’ll be looking at human resources, physical space, and other important assets, all with the intention of minimizing the damage done.
SCW wants to help ensure your business is not the unfortunate victim of situations beyond your control. You might not be able to control the weather or the actions of a hacker, but you can control how prepared you are to deal with them. To learn more about what you can do to protect your business, reach out to us at (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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