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Disaster Recovery Doesn’t Have to be Scary

Nearly 20% of small and mid sized businesses will suffer a disaster in the next five years. Those disasters can be natural or man-made. And downtime from the disaster is what kills a business. Businesses that lose access to their data for more than just 10 days are likely to file for bankruptcy within the year. That is a staggering and scary statistic.

It’s not so scary if you know what steps to take. If you want to backup your data and services and be able to recover them quickly, here are a few key things you need to know:

  • Where is your data stored and what services are involved?
  • Which data and services absolutely must be online first?
  • How long can you go without critical and noncritical data and services?
  • How much does downtime really cost you?

Once you have answers to all of these questions, you’ll be able to determine how to protect and restore all your data and services and do so in the most efficient, priority-first order.

One big bonus of going through this process is the opportunity to dust the cobwebs off idle or underutilized resources, such as servers, and retire or put them to better use. Asking these questions and evaluating things from the perspective of backup and disaster recovery will help you consolidate servers, prioritize and organize data and applications, and ultimately streamline your process and procedures.

We also recommend reading through the Ready.gov information on IT Disaster Recovery, as well as their information on Business Continuity Planning. In 2020, businesses cannot afford to ignore planning for certain business crippling events. There are too many solutions that make your workforce mobile.

If you’re still a bit squeamish when it comes to improving your disaster recovery situation, you don’t have to go it alone. BEI offers self-paced Risk Assessments and policy templates to begin tackling your business continuity planning. We have a Disaster Recovery Plan Template you can fill out and integrate into your business. We also offer Gap Assessments of current policies, procedures and technical controls that can be customized around your goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you gain back complete confidence, boost efficiency and ensure business continuity.