5 Ways to Strengthen Your Disaster Recovery

Preventative Maintenance | Remedian IT Solutions

Severe weather, data breaches and global hacking attempts can have a disastrous effect on businesses, costing them a lot of money for every minute of unplanned downtime. Instead of letting the unthinkable damage your business, fight back with these five strategies:

    #1 Back Up Your Data to the Cloud

    Natural disasters could be the cause of a data loss, with years of information being wiped away in a matter of moments. Storing data on-site is convenient, but your organisation is running the risk of having your information and data washed away in the blink of an eye. Migrating your data to the cloud means your information is protected and readily available — and you’ll never have to start from scratch.

    #2 Prepare for a Remote Workforce

    Remote workforces have become more than a trend. Businesses must be prepared for employees to perform work outside of their office workspaces, so have a plan in place that will allow your team to access necessary tools from any Internet-enabled location.

    #3 Monitor for Breaches and Respond Quickly

    Organisations of all sizes can be targeted by malicious agents. They will attempt to breach your sensitive data, so as to gain access to credit card information, driver’s license numbers and other information that could be harmful to your organisation, its employees and your clients. Avoid losing your customers’ trust by proactively monitoring for breaches, shutting them down promptly and providing a full inventory of the damage to those affected.

    #4 Don’t Underestimate Human Error

    People are unpredictable — that’s a large majority of cybersecurity issues stem from human behaviour. Employee negligence is the number one cause of data breaches in small to medium-sized businesses. Comprehensive training can close the gap, but it’s not foolproof. Combine your team’s efforts with strong cyber security policies.

    #5 Update Outdated Software Programs

    The WannaCry Ransomware Attack, which resulted in hackers taking control of more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, targeted a weakness in outdated software for which a patch was already available. Hospitals, airlines, police departments and more were brought to a halt, and paying the ransom did not result in the return of data. Update your software regularly to fix vulnerabilities and avoid becoming an easy target for hackers.

    Future-Proof Your Business

    If you're running a business without an effective disaster recovery plan, the time to act is now. This is not merely a precaution but a strategic imperative for any modern enterprise. With the constantly evolving threat landscape and the unpredictable nature of disasters, being prepared is essential. A well-crafted IT disaster recovery plan is your shield against unforeseen challenges, offering protection, resilience, and peace of mind.

    By taking proactive measures to establish a robust disaster recovery plan, you're not only safeguarding your business but also your reputation. A proactive approach to disaster recovery showcases your commitment to business continuity, customer satisfaction, and stakeholder trust. It ensures minimal hassle and downtime, potentially saving your business significant financial losses in the long run.

    In today's interconnected world, where businesses rely heavily on technology and data, the consequences of not having a disaster recovery plan or a cyber security partner can be severe. Don't wait for a crisis to strike; act now to secure the future of your business, your employees, and your customers. Embrace the wisdom of preparedness over panic, and in doing so, you'll fortify your business against the unpredictable, ensuring its longevity and success in the face of adversity.

    Unsure where to start?

    Our expert team at Remedian will take the time to learn the ins and outs of your business to develop and implement a custom recovery plan that fits the specific needs of your industry. Stop running on borrowed time. Contact us today to get started.

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