Preemptive Disaster Recovery Planning Can Help Secure Your Business

September 27, 2013 5:00 am0 comments

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Deter Floods, Hackers, Earthquakes, and Disgruntled Employees From Wreaking Havoc

It is impossible to completely protect yourself or your business from disaster, but there are steps that you can take to mitigate the fallout from unavoidable incidents down the road. With the proper preemptive planning, you can prevent a disaster from becoming a full-blown catastrophe.

For most companies, the biggest concern is the preservation of data. This may be customer account information or proprietary or trade secrets, but maintaining security is critical either way.

Here are some guidelines to help keep your business prepared:

1. Evaluate

You can’t begin to protect yourself until you know what dangers lay ahead. These will differ from business to business, but for most there are two types of threats: human beings and nature.

Although nature is impossible to control, it can be somewhat predictable. If your servers are on a fault line, you may need to worry about an earthquake. If you’re in a flood zone, you may need to think about water damage.

Human beings are less convenient in that way. They may develop a grudge against your company, as when anonymous hackers attacked Sony’s database to punish what they viewed as mistreatment of customers. More likely, any human-based threats to your business are about money. Fraud, social engineering, and theft of data can cost a company a great deal.

2. Prepare

Protecting your data from natural disaster is not necessarily easy, but it is fairly simple. Setting up cloud storage will give you a backup of any critical data and physical precautions can be taken to protect the servers that store it.

Human threats are much more difficult to predict or prevent. There really isn’t any way to know in advance whether or not a hacker has got their eye on you, and even if you could foresee that, people are adaptable and intelligent, which makes them very dangerous.

With the right IT hosting service, you’ll have professional technicians to help you preserve and recover any data that may be compromised. Investing in descent web security, firewalls, and virus/malware protection is incredibly important, but it is only the beginning.

One of the most important ways that you can ensure security is to institute strict training procedures to educate every employee on the proper protocols. Logging out of any systems or machines before leaving, locking them when stepping away, and being able to identify most threats will reduce the danger from unethical, if talented, hackers.

3. Test

Until you have tested your disaster recovery plan successfully, you do not have a disaster recovery plan. Once you’ve warned your employees, run a digital ‘fire drill’ to ensure that the backup infrastructure is complete.

Run through a variety of scenarios to evaluate any gaps or failures in your plan. The more imagination you put into your test scenarios, the more prepared you will be in the event of a real disaster. Whether or not your first drill is successful, you’ll want to run tests periodically to ensure that your systems and employees are still ready for anything.

 

Hoping for the best is only step one, after all. Preparing for the worst is the only way to have peace of mind, and the only way to protect your company and your customers.

 

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Reanna Gutierrez
Reanna Gutierrez is the Product Marketing Manager for OneNeck. Reanna engineers the marketing efforts to launch, position and differentiate OneNeck’s hosted application management, managed hosting services, cloud services and infrastructure services (IaaS) in the marketplace. Reanna has over eight years of marketing and product management experience in the technology industry. Before joining OneNeck, Reanna was the Marketing and Sales Manager for MTI, a Phoenix-based cloud services provider. Reanna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University.
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