Unfortunately, despite winter being officially over, the winter weather is not quite over yet. Hopefully your business IT is equipped to handle power outages and other disasters to mitigate and prevent downtime. We strive to equip our clients with solutions to prevent expensive downtime so employees can continue to work and, more importantly, data redundancy is maintained. Business continuity has to be a part of your standard cybersecurity strategy.
Whether the cause of the disaster was due to the natural disaster or human error, the results will be the same, a potential loss of data and a risk to your business. While ransomware is top of mind for many, a bad actor isn’t the only threat to your data security. Fortunately many of the managed IT solutions used to buttress your cybersecurity, are transferable to your disaster planning. The reality is a data breach is as much a disaster as a fire, and if you’re not prepared, either can bring your business to an end.
It's important to understand that managed IT is much more than calling tech support if your computer isn’t working. Managed IT is designed to transform your pieces of technology into a complete ecosystem. It creates a stable environment, eliminating issues that can come when technology is constructed in an ad hoc manner. When your technology is reliable, it allows you and your team to be more productive, increasing your ability to generate income.
Managed IT is particularly valuable when it comes to cybersecurity, as it combines several services into a cohesive plan. These services are designed to support each other in preventing a cybercriminal from gaining access to your network. A basic cybersecurity plan would have:
Your disaster plan should follow a similar process. While having a backup is a critical component of cybersecurity planning, it is only one part of the recovery process. This is why investing in managed IT is essential to your disaster plan. It rounds up individual disaster prevention components, combining them into one solution. Your disaster plan should include:
Investing in UPS: A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) provides emergency power to your workstations or servers in case of a power outage. While a UPS may only provide power for minutes (not hours), it gives your device enough time for a controlled shutdown instead of an unexpected one. A sudden shutdown can cause damage to your system potentially corrupting your data.
Additionally, a UPS can act as a surge protector, preventing an electrical surge or brownout from damaging your equipment. One thing to remember when purchasing a UPS or a surge protector is that all devices aren’t created equally, and your business shouldn’t assume that a power strip will work the same as a surge protector.
Migration to the Cloud: The strongest indicator of your ability to bounce back from a disaster lies in your ability to not only recover your data but keep the lines of communication open. While cloud computing is an essential component that your data backup and recovery needs to succeed, it brings other benefits to your business. By investing in cloud computing, you allow your team, who may not be able to get into the office, to not only access documents but collaborate with one another and your clients on projects by utilizing Microsoft 365 with OneDrive.
Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan: Finally, make a plan. Technology will only take you so far, and without a plan, chances are you’re setting your business up for failure when disaster strikes. Some basic steps your process should include are:
While specific solutions managed IT can employ will help recover your data from a damaged hard drive, those methods are best reserved for a do-or-die, last-ditch effort. The best policy is to protect your data and keep it safe before you need to recover it. While cyberattacks are increasing, not every business is guaranteed to be a victim (although you should assume you will be targeted). However, South Dakota’s extreme weather is always a certainty, and regardless of the season, chances are South Dakota will have a weather advisory for it.
Regardless of the cause, if you lose your data, you lose access to your primary business growth source. If that happens, you risk your business’ survival, which is why you must ensure your data is secure. This is why when you partner with KT Connections for managed IT, your business receives a data protection plan designed to keep your data safe from whatever may come your way. Be it a cyberattack, human error, mechanical failure, or a thunderstrike, with KT Connections on your side, your business will be back online as quickly as possible.
Call 888-891-4201 today to learn more about managed IT and how it can benefit your business’ long-term growth and bottom line.