If you’re a small business unprepared for a disaster, natural or otherwise, you’re leaving yourself open to a precarious situation in the future. An unforeseen event can have a large impact on your business and may even cause you to shut your doors for good. What can you do to build up a disaster recovery strategy that protects your data?
Plan for the Worst
If a disaster hits without any warning, you have no choice but to be reactive rather than proactive. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared with a strategy that can help you navigate the situation successfully when it arises. Create a planning strategy that considers every possible scenario, then rehearse how you’ll implement it when a disaster strikes.
Be Ready to Make Quick but Informed Decisions
When disaster hits, there are no more drills or rehearsals – it’s time to act. Decide who will be calling the shots before it happens. This should be a person with good leadership skills that is measured and analytical in their approach. Always try to come to a consensus, but don’t drag out the conversation for too long. In some cases, an uncompromising position might be required, and a strong leader will be able to make that decision.
Backup Important Data
In a ransomware situation, your data will be rendered useless by the attacker. However, if you have backed up your records in the cloud, you’ll be able to maintain business operations.
Should a natural disaster strike and your hardware is ruined, a backup of your data at a geographically disparate data center will be ready for you when you reestablish yourself. Utilizing the services of a Level IV data center will provide you with top-notch security, both technologically and physically.
Insurance Is a Must
Watch out for gaps in insurance coverage that might leave you in a lurch. Your best bet is to choose an insurance agent that specializes in protecting small businesses. However, don’t jump on the first product you’re offered – get a second opinion. Another agent might see gaps the other did not.
Insurance can’t recover lost data, which is why it’s so important for you to back it up. However, insurance will help you get back on your feet, covering the costs associated with recovering from a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, etc.
At TeleConsult, we work to ensure the security of your data. Worried about the dreaded DDoS attack? Contact us today so we can work together to protect your valuable data.