Hurricane season is upon us, while we’ve been lucky in the Tampa Bay Area these past few years, the threat of a major storm could be weeks away. You may not need to start boarding up your windows or raiding Publix for dry food, water and batteries but you do need to start thinking proactively about how you’re preparing your business for a potential disaster. Many of us remember Hurricane Irma which rocked the South East United States in 2017, potentially disrupting 2,108,378 (yes – 2.1 million) businesses in Florida alone. Of these 145,415 businesses were in located Hillsborough county.
What classifies as a disaster to one company might be just a minor inconvenience to another. One business might be comfortable losing a few files or documents; a different company wants to make sure every file is secure and protected in the event of data loss. No matter your opinion on how you define a disaster, the importance of having a proper disaster recovery plan in place cannot be said enough. You’ll need to determine what your business needs to protect against and what is required to keep your company afloat if you ever suffer data loss, either through theft or hardware failure.
As a business owner you need to ask yourself, is your company prepared in the event of technology failure? Do you have the proper steps in place to ensure your business will be able to recover and function as intended? What we mean is a server unit or hardware failure that results in a loss of data. Other events occur (natural disasters, data breaches), but the result is the same. To make sure you’re completely prepared, your business needs a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution in place.
As more and more businesses become reliant on data, having a proper data backup strategy is crucial. If you don’t have a plan in place, now is a great time to implement one. You don’t want your operations interrupted by an unforeseen data loss. Let’s look at a few ways to keep your data available and secure.
With several massive storms, wildfires, earthquakes, and floods trampling major cities all over the world, the concept of data backup and disaster recovery is an especially relevant topic. Business owners must ask whether or not they are prepared to handle such events because if they don’t, they’ll be jeopardizing the future of their business.
Business continuity is an incredibly vital part of running a company, but some smaller businesses underestimate just how important it is in the event of a disaster. Although FEMA estimates that more businesses are taking advantage of business continuity than ever before, not enough are. Business continuity is something that must be planned for, practiced consistently, and updated as needed. Does your business have a business continuity plan?