Take a moment to consider your answer to this question:
"What would you do if all of your company's data was somehow lost overnight?"
How would you react, and what would you do about it?
Your data is valuable, so much in fact that your business would be lost without it, and likely wouldn't be able to run your business properly or even run at all.
A surprising amount of small businesses don't have any disaster recovery plan set up for the worst-case scenario, thinking that something like that could never happen to their business.
But, here's one more question: "Do you want to take that risk?" The responsible answer would be "no", because there's a lot more at risk than just your company's data. If your data were compromised, it could mean that all of your clients' personal information could also be at risk.
Here are our top 3 tips to shield your business from a data disaster:
1. Prepare for the Worst, But Hope for the Best
If you prepare for the worst, you know that you'll be ready for anything, come what may. This way, even if you are struck with small inconveniences, you will be ready for them. Even if the worst happens, you'll be ready for that, too!
The first step in creating this plan would be to take an inventory of all of your data systems, storage, and hardware. Once you know what you have and what you need, it will be easier to figure out what the best plan of action is for backup planning.
2. The Best Offense is a Good Defense
Perhaps the best way to prepare for the calamity called data loss is risk prevention. We see this all of the time - in order to keep robbers out of your house, invest in a security system, or to keep your home safe from burning down, turn off the stove and electricals before you leave. The same can be said for data recovery. However, risk prevention is easier said than done.
There are all sorts of methods of protecting your data, like firewalls and antivirus software. A managed services provider can also make sure that your protection systems are kept up-to-date with our remote patching services.
3. Is It Really Gone?
You might recall telling your mother that something is gone, or lost. She didn't believe you, so she started snooping around herself. Before long, she would find what you were looking for, saying it was there the whole time. You would get mad because you looked foolish, but then you realized that you just weren't looking hard enough.
Before you get too flustered over the prospect of lost files, make sure that it is indeed lost or corrupted before taking any drastic measures. Sometimes people can misplace files, and with today's growing technology, it isn't surprising.
Don't have a Disaster Recovery plan in place? Check out our free eBook that walks you through the 8 simple steps to a complete Disaster Recovery plan.