What Could Happen Without A IT Back-Up Plan?
Backup and disaster recovery is one of those things that all businesses need to have in case of disaster.
Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a flood, a hardware failure, or even an attack from a hacker, any one of these could permanently disable your business if you aren’t prepared or have a proper backup plan.
For those of you still backing up data manually on tapes or *cringe* not at all, here are some reasons why you need a back and disaster recovery solution.
First of all, a data disaster is more common than you might think.
Currently, 58% of SME’s are not prepared for data loss. Even worse, 60% of SMEs that lose their data will shut down within six months.
Something preventable could potentially wreck your business, especially scary to think about when accidents account for 29% of hard drive failures. It would be silly to have a human error, or a simple mishap put your company out of business. You may have security protocols in place, and your employees may have had training on avoiding things like malware.
However, you’re still not protected.
Human error is a significant culprit in data loss. It could be unintentionally deleting items or accidentally overwriting data, but these errors can hit businesses hard.
Human error can result in other kinds of hardware damage like liquid damage from spills or even accidental reformatting. All of these things are possible and have happened to many SMEs before you.
Sometimes recovery is possible from the software platform you were using, maybe your computer has your back and caught these things. It’s still a time consuming and money wasting error to fix, even if you are lucky to recover some of what you lost.
Viruses and malware can be a significant cause to software or hardware damage depending on the virus or malware. Usually, this is avoidable with proper employee training as well as an excellent firewall that will help filter malicious attacks.
Social engineering, which is the art of conning people is something else to be mindful about. Hackers have been known to get into server rooms and other data-centric areas of the business. Employees may not even notice their mistake until it’s too late.
Sometimes software corruption can come from unknown viruses lurking around your computer. However, most of the time, it is due to improper usage. It is things we are all guilty of like not shutting down the computer properly or leaving unsaved documents open.
Sometimes even a power outage can trigger corruption. Once the software processes are interrupted and damaged, it’s virtually impossible to recover data stored in the software.
Did you know that 140,000 hard drives crash every week?
With that kind of number, it’s just a matter of time until it happens to you. That is not a comfortable position to be in if you know you don’t have a backup. Unfortunately, hard drive corruption is usually due to mechanical issues. Things like age and dust build up can (and will) cause technology to fail. We’ve all used the old laptop we still have that’s been on its deathbed for months, frequently freezing, taking forever to load a webpage, and of course, acting as a heater for your lap or desk.
All of these things are signs leading to a crash.
Finally, you can’t necessarily prepare for a disaster. If you had a fire emergency in your office, would you be backed up? If not, would your business be able to function without the customer data and business-critical information you need? It may be that on-site backup and disaster recovery may not always be the fail-safe protective cover you need.
You may want to consider off-site or cloud data storage to ensure protection, so your data is safe even if the worst happens. So it protects your business and keeps it running smoothly and successfully.
Backup and disaster recovery options are available for all sizes of SME’s and their varying needs.
Don’t wait to be taught a lesson the hard way. Protect your valuable data and enjoy the peace of mind that comes along with it. You’ve worked too hard to get your business where it is. Protect your hard work.
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