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.
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.
File Corruption & Software Failure
Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather
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.
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.