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Six Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

As mentioned in LightWire’s “Seven IT-related Resolutions for your company to seriously consider” there’s no way to predict the future, and Murphy’s Law tells us that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

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Without a well-thought out disaster recovery plan, your company’s ability to operate could be compromised – perhaps for hours, maybe days, or possible even longer.

Here’s a list of six of the most common causes of IT disasters that can happen to anyone.


1

User Error

We all make mistakes, like accidentally clicking a malicious link, dropping our computers, misplacing a mobile device or deleting something we intended to save. User error is often cited as the leading cause of data loss. Backups play an important role in ensuring these mistakes don’t turn into serious problems.

1

Hardware Failure

Hard drives, servers, desktops, and other devices have varying life expectancies and refresh cycles, but hardware often fails. Whether it’s due to normal wear and tear, defects, or the unexplainable, businesses need to be prepared. A recovery plan can help ensure that entire datasets are replicated and accessible should something suddenly stop working.

3

File Corruption & Software Failure

Software will also occasionally fail. Files and data can become corrupted and things may be deleted without warning. In addition to providing complete restores for entire machines, a disaster recovery plan allows for data recovery.

4

Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather

According to Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector small businesses lose an average of $3,000 per day after closing due to a major storm. With the regularity of these events in certain locations and resulting power outages, small leaks and other less severe issues creating costly downtime, to protect yourself a disaster recovery plan is a no-brainer.

5

Insider Threats

If a disgruntled employee were to intentionally encrypt, delete, steal or corrupt sensitive information, having that data backed up ensures that it can be recovered and restored. This isn’t to say that a disaster recovery plan can necessarily prevent such behavior, but it helps to mitigate damage.

6

Cybercrime

Viruses, malware, and cybercrime – especially ransomware – are an increasingly- dangerous threat today. A recent Cost of Cyber Crime ReportCost of Cyber Crime Report claims that businesses saw an average of 160 successful cyber-attacks per week. A disaster recovery plan can help you save money when attacked.

Downtime! The critical cybercrime question every company needs to ask itself is “how long can we be down without a major impact? How long can we tolerate not being able to access our systems and information?”

This question usually has one answer, if the file(s) affected are a basic set of Office documents. But the answer may be very different if:

  • The system(s) impacted directly face customers
  • Impact how customers are supported, or
  • Impact the ability to produce and manufacture product

In these mission-critical cases, tolerance usually goes from hours or days to minutes. If the latter is the case – you need a robust disaster recovery solution that can get your systems back online quickly.

Summary

We hope none of these things happen to your business, but ignoring them puts your business at risk. And the cost and time to
create and maintain a Disaster Recovery Plan doesn’t have to be painful.

If you’d like to discuss, give us a call. We’d be glad to help. (617) 395-8008

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