Does your business have a DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan)? If not, below are three great reasons to start thinking about one. Whether or not your security is to snuff, whether you end up suffering a failed hard disk drive, or whether you have a disgruntled employee who might be considering retaliation, we'll discuss your options and what you can do to prevent any of these disasters.
We’ve all seen news stories about large corporations getting hacked. You might think that hackers only target large businesses, but frequently they target small businesses because those firms tend to focus on security a lot less. Oftentimes small businesses can’t afford the expensive firewalls and security consulting that large corporations have at their disposal. This is a fantastic reason to backup your data in case your business experiences a security breach and experiences data loss as a result. While it is true that a lot of hackers break in to steal data, they may also erase your files and demand a ransom to get them back. Sometimes malicious hackers just enjoy defacing websites or business networks and erasing all data. Fortunately, with a proper backup plan, you can recover easily from something like this.
Disaster recovery should be a part of every business IT plan. Whether you're a large corporation or a small startup, you should have a backup and disaster recovery plan in place. I’ve worked with many customers that either received ransomware, which encrypted all of their important documents, or their files were infected with a virus which also impacted important company documents. Needless to say, I was able to convince the company to make the investment to back up their data. I have also worked with companies that had a server improperly set up for redundancy, and one failed disk drive wiped out everything. Even if your server is set up properly with RAID sometimes the RAID might not rebuild properly. An external hard drive with proper backup software, such as ShadowProtect, can save you from a catastrophe like this. Another fantastic feature to use is incremental backups. What this allows you to do is go back several hours or days and recover a single file or multiple files and directories. This can be very useful if an employee accidentally deletes a file or if you've been hit with ransomware and need to recover quickly. The cost of recovering from these kinds of incidents will cost you more than having a good solution in place to begin with.
I think this is one of the most overlooked reasons for creating proper backups. When I say insider threats, I'm talking about a disgruntled employee or someone else with guest access to your network and to your files. This person may perceive some reason to do harm to your business. All too often before an employee or a contractor leaves, they may decide to delete all of the documents which you and your other employees depend on. For this reason alone, I definitely recommend having a proper backup solution in place.
What backup software should I use?
There are many backup solutions available for every kind of Disaster Recovery Plan--everything from cloud-based solutions to on-site storage. Look for an upcoming article on cloud-based storage solutions, but for now I'm going to focus on the most common: on premise backup solutions. I definitely encourage you to click on each of the links below and check out what each has to offer and compare the features that work best for your company. If you're not sure, give us a call at 918-544-2500, and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction or complete the entire consultation and set up the best process for you to protect your data. Two solutions include:
ShadowProtect – This is great for small to medium sized businesses with an on-premise server.
Acronis – They have excellent priced software for single or multiple PC environments. They also offer backups to the cloud.
Don’t skip out on a backup solution to save a few bucks. It will cost your business far more in the end to recover if something goes wrong, and eventually it will. If you’re not sure where to start, give us a call to talk about setting up your Disaster Recovery Plan at 918-544-2500.