Backup and Disaster Recovery: A Necessity for All Businesses
Many small and medium-size businesses are not aware that they’re a blink away from a disaster or virus that could mean the difference between flourishing and failure.
For example, ransomware attacks are prevalent in today’s business world. Cybercriminals make files on a computer unreadable without a decryption key, forcing the victim to pay a ransom in order to decrypt them. This can have long-term negative consequences for a business, much as it is with physical disaster and theft.
According to a Q4 2019 study by Coveware, the average downtime for businesses as a result of a ransomware attack was 16.2 days. What would the financial impact be on your business if you had no access to your data for that long? Could your business survive this event? The majority of businesses would have difficulty surviving even a week without their critical data.
And it’s not just sophisticated ransomware attacks that cripple companies. Unplanned for disasters such as fires, floods and other natural disasters can result in the loss of critical company data and can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, to recover from.
Malware attached to an innocent looking email can also wreak havoc with a company’s files, destroying them, stealing them, or causing other system failures that impact productivity.
What can your company do in the event you come under attack from viruses or are the unfortunate victim of a devastating disaster?
In the case of ransomware, you will not only need to call in the authorities, you will need the services of a professional I.T. company experienced in disaster recovery. IntegriTech has experience in assisting businesses recover from such disasters, and we can consult with you on how this can be prevented from happening to your business.
The best defense against disasters, malware and spyware is having robust data backups. Backups need to be automated, notify on failures, and be tested repeatedly.
Multiple backups are an absolute must. Imagine a company faithfully backing up their systems each day and having that backup on-site, only to have a fire sweep through the building one night, destroying not only the company’s hardware, but also their only data backup. This would be a business that would be highly unlikely to survive such a disaster on all fronts.
Here are seven best practices for backup and recovery:
- Clearly identify critical systems and data
- Document system dependencies
- Develop a plan for disaster recovery
- Implement tools and technologies to protect valuable company systems and data
- Test the system bi-annually
- Document any issues from testing to improve recoverability
- Modify plan, tools, and technologies as business needs change
IntegriTech helps companies like yours have safe data backup protocols. We’ll analyze your network and develop a data backup solution tailored to your business. We can also manage your backup system for you, making sure mission-critical data is being backed up consistently.
Talk with us today about backup and disaster recovery. We’re experienced and knowledgeable, and we’re here to help.