Problem #1 – The Evils of Outdated TechnologyAccording to IT surveys, hardware failure is the number one cause of data loss…closely related to limited technical support and many businesses not having adequate backups to support their already tired infrastructure. As a result, whether it’s a server crash or data corruption, outdated technology can be costly. In fact, the average UK office worker wastes at least 21 days each year due to slow or outdated technology – that’s longer than the average paid annual leave of UK workers. How much would this cost you? Keeping Accounting Software Alive: The Risks Of Using An Outdated Server >>>
Problem #2 – Deadly ErrorsWhether it’s a button presser, the klutz tripping over a power cable, or simply someone who accidentally wipes out a bunch of data, human error is a big cause of IT disasters. That doesn’t happen you say. Well, what about the famous Amazon Web Services outage in 2017 that knocked offline websites, apps and Internet of Things gadgets relying on the technology. Caused by human error affected around 148,213 websites and took over five hours to resolve. Is Employee Data Security Training Essential? >>>
Problem #3 – Cyber-security tricksHave you heard about the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks that affected companies like NHS? Targeting out-of-date IT systems, the hackers exploited system vulnerabilities encrypting data and demanding ransom. What’s worse, the patch that could have prevented the WannaCry attack was released 59 days before the outbreak occurred, and, in many cases businesses with no back up systems have never fully recovered their data, even after paying the ransom. Putting IT in Security: Are Your Systems Secure? >>>
What is disaster recovery?Disaster recovery involves putting security measures in place to help an organisation maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions from the effects of potentially ‘disastrous’ events, hardware failures, natural disasters and cyber-attacks.
What should disaster recovery plan include?Ultimately, three things are absolutely vital to assuring sound disaster recovery strategy:
Review your existing infrastructureYou might think ‘it does the job for now’, but a legacy server and infrastructure poses major threats which can cause downtime, data loss and more.
Backup offsiteTo protect your business against a site-wide outage or a natural disaster such as a fire or flood, you must send an additional copy of data offsite. Traditionally, this meant sending tapes offsite and, for many organizations, it still does. But now, think cloud.
Test your disaster recovery plansRun at least quarterly tests to ensure you can swiftly restore not only data but servers and applications as well. And judge the time it will take you.
How do I start preparing my disaster recovery plan?
You need to prepare your business against factors beyond your control, such as natural disasters, hacks and man-made events. The key is to devise a strategy allowing you to restore services to the widest extent possible in a minimum time frame, and here are the tools to help you…Explore how IT help manage business risk