September is Disaster Preparedness Month
5 Things You Should Do to Protect Your Business Systems Now
Let’s face it: no one likes to think about disasters, much less plan for them. But since September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, we want to give you a quick “brush-up” on some simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business systems.
1. Secure Your Data.
Making sure that your data is protected and available when you need it is paramount in any business. Safeguarding your information from losses due to system failures, power disruptions, severe weather occurrences, other natural disasters, and cybercrime is also important and critical to your business’ continuity. Therefore, it is imperative that you have a plan in place for how you and your business will respond in a time of crisis or when access to your building and / or computer systems are limited or inaccessible.
2. Consider Adding a Cloud Component as Part of a Hybrid Solution to Storing Your Data
One of the biggest advantages of the cloud is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, data center, with failover and redundancy built in. That means that if your building were destroyed, your server melted due to an unexpected hardware failure, or you had to evacuate, your data wouldn’t be a sitting duck and you could still be able to access it via the cloud.
3. Keep a Reference Copy of Important Contacts and Info Handy
When it is physically impossible to get to the office, and you are unable to remotely access information, be sure to keep a hard copy (in a secure place) of your contact list for employees, vendors, partners and clients and other important lists like your banking and insurance contact info, upcoming calendar appointments, disaster recover response plans, etc.
4. Write A Simple Disaster Recovery Plan.
The key word here is “simple.” If your plan gets too complicated or difficult, you won’t do it. But at a minimum,
think of the disaster that is most likely to happen in your region and that could potentially have a severe and negative impact on your company’s survival. Write a plan around that disaster that will help you get back up and running as soon as possible.
5. Review Your Business Insurance Carefully.
Most businesses carry some type of general liability insurance that would pay them if their building and the things in it were damaged. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage to replace all the computer equipment, devices, desks, art, supplies and other things they’ve accumulated over the years.
Make sure you review your policy every year and keep in mind new additions and assets you’ve added over the last twelve months.
Of course nothing is as important as our personal safety including our families, friends, coworkers and colleagues. Please exercise caution when dealing with any service interruption or event that has the potential to cause physical harm. Be informed and stay safe.
From fires to floods, we have been there to assist our clients when needed and secure and protect their data. Let us know how we can help you.For more tips on protecting your data and your business, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.