Effective business technology consists of hardware, software, data and connectivity. Without any one component of this “system,” the system may not function, meaning lost time, energy and dollars! To avoid this, recovery strategies should be developed to anticipate the loss of one or more of the following system components:
- A viable computer room environment (secure computer room with climate control, with a backup power supply, etc.)
- Hardware (networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers, wireless devices and peripherals)
- Connectivity to the service provider (fiber, cable, wireless, etc.)
- Software (business applications, e-mail, etc.)
- Data and restoration ability
There are several solutions available for small to mid-sized businesses with critical data to protect.
Develop A Disaster Recovery Plan
Businesses should develop an IT disaster recovery plan. Start by creating an inventory of hardware, software and data. Identify the critical parts of your network required to keep your business afloat, then setup redundancies for those parts. Increase the mobility of your applications and data with cloud services. That way, you’ll be able to continue working if you cannot access your office due to a disaster (i.e. if your office floods, etc.). Lastly, make sure you periodically test and update your disaster recovery plan to account for upgraded equipment or a change in services.
Develop A Data Backup Plan
Businesses deal with large amounts of data that often change throughout the day. This data can be lost, corrupted, compromised or stolen through hardware failure, human error, hacking and malware. Loss or corruption of data can have catastrophic results for your business. As these threats increase with the proliferation of hacking, it’s important to protect your information at all cost.
The best thing you can do is formulate a data backup plan. Developing a data backup strategy begins with identifying what data to backup, selecting and implementing hardware and software backup procedures, scheduling and conducting backups and periodically checking that the data has been accurately backed up.
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