Why Your South Florida Business Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
In many ways, the business world, and the world in general, is more secure than ever before. That security can easily lull companies into complacency when it comes to their data and internal systems.
That complacency leads to disasters like ransomware attacks and stolen data. But there are plenty of other disasters you need to prepare for that aren’t human-caused. Even natural disasters might be downtime for your company.
Downtime means lost profits. Lost profits can prevent your business from growing and thriving, and might even make it difficult to stay in business depending on how long your company’s systems are down.
Here are the advantages of having an IT disaster recovery plan before you need one:
Data Protection and Security
One of the biggest malware threats in the business world today is ransomware programs that lock users out of their servers and databases. The UK had a serious problem a few years ago when their health care system was taken hostage by a ransomware program, preventing doctors and other staff from accessing patient records, medication records, or even a lot of the diagnostic programs they needed to function.
If you’re working with a data management service to have a disaster recovery plan, you’re protected from that kind of malware.
While you might need to replace or wipe the hardware, disaster recovery plans almost always include data backup services that are managed off-site and aren’t directly connected to your current systems.
Natural Disaster Recovery
A lot of South Florida businesses don’t think about what they would do if their offices and data centers were hit by a natural disaster (such as a hurricane) until the worst has already happened. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to recover from those kinds of disaster losses, especially if you don’t have a recovery plan in place.
If you have a recovery plan in place your IT management team will have created cloud backups as well as physical backups that can help you get your systems up and running sooner.
Work Environment Recovery
Along with those systems backups, some IT management companies will include the option of providing a virtual work environment after a disaster. That way you can get at least some of your employees back up and running with a virtual work environment even before your main campus has recovered from the disaster and is back up and running.
So far we’ve talked a lot about natural disasters and malware attacks that can cause systems disasters for your company. While those might be some of the biggest and most flashy disasters that can cause data loss and system downtime, they’re far from the only causes.
After all, accidents happen. Natural human error can sometimes result in the loss of significant amounts of data, system downtime, or other operational problems for your IT systems. Even the best-trained employees can press the wrong button on accident.
Having a disaster recovery plan means that you can get back up and running sooner when something goes wrong and takes some of the pressure off
There are plenty of other circumstances where an IT system disaster recovery plan might be critical to getting your South Florida business back up and running. Here are just a few more examples:
● Power outages
● Software Failure
● Hardware Failure
● Network Outages
Regardless of what happens or when it happens, your company needs the security of knowing that there is a plan in place to get your systems back up and running and to recover your critical data.