It used to be that keeping your company safe and secure during a weather emergency or natural disaster was pretty straightforward. Knowing what to do in cases of an emergency like a fire or an earthquake, or a severe weather warning meant not much more than having an emergency evacuation plan in place. Nowadays, a different kind of security and safety protocol is what we're faced with, especially in the business sector. Issues surrounding cyber security and data breaches online, and a growing number of national disasters occurring throughout the world, have left businesses and companies facing new challenges and risks. Many find themselves unprepared or struggle to implement adequate system securities and safety protections.
Whether facing damage from a natural disaster or preparing for an unforeseen emergency like a sudden or prolonged power outage, having an effective plan in place can limit or prevent the impact of these types of occurrences. Yet, many companies still haven't implemented effective disaster recovery plans (DRPs) or find that many of the traditional solutions for these types of security concerns are too complicated and time-consuming, not to mention expensive to use.
When it comes to natural disaster preparedness, the cost is often the most devastating aspect and can leave many companies struggling to survive, or even recover fully from the effects of their aftermath. In fact, the number of natural or climate-related disasters over the past decade have increased so much that recovery costs have skyrocketed by four times as much. Multiple disasters, like Hurricane Harvey or the devastating California wildfires, have caused an estimated $306 Billion with 16 incidents costing over $1 billion each in damage and recovery costs in 2017 alone.
That's one of the reasons why it's becoming more important than ever to focus on what to do before disaster strikes by having an effective Disaster Preparedness Plan in place. This can protect and secure essential company data, its systems and operational needs, and keep your company up and running in a disaster and during the long recovery process that follows. Although often overlooked, these protocols and systems are critical to protecting businesses, especially when operating in high-risk disaster areas. Keeping that plan up-to-date with new technologies, adjusting for personnel changes, and expanding needs, will keep your company secure even in times of crisis or natural disaster. Thanks to advances in NewCloud Networks’ technologies, these protections are now easier to implement than ever, making many of the older, more time consuming and costly methods obsolete.
Here's a Five-Point Cloud Disaster Preparedness Checklist that utilizes the most effective strategies, technologies and protocols to keep your business’ data and essential operating systems protected as and functional, even during times of natural disaster.
By deploying a virtual environment, your servers, networks and data can be quickly and securely moved at time of disaster. Creating a virtual infrastructure gives you remote access to your environment form anywhere that has a compatible infrastructure, rather than being tied to one that is local, regional, or site-specific. This means you can stay operational even from a remote location. It also means, for companies with more than one location in more than one region, other location sites can access and assist or even take over operations if a current location is out of reach or suffered too much damage in or around a natural disaster occurrence.
2. Protecting your Data: Backup your backup!
Even with Cloud Data, it's still a good idea to have two or three additional backup copies of all Data. Keep one back-up with your main Cloud provider and one local copy as well. For extra assurance, you can save another backup on a different media. These backups are particularly useful and effective data protection tools during prolonged or sudden power outages.
3. Upgrade Firewalls:
This is an easy step to overlook, but essential during emergency situations when systems are down, particularly if you are using on-site protection protocols for natural disasters and power outages. Older firewalls can either drain remaining backup power generators by system slowdowns when large data loads are required, or they may compensate by allowing unchecked data to get through, which could leave important and sensitive information or access points less secure and open to cyber-attacks. Older firewalls may also leave your systems more susceptible to damage caused during a natural disaster or power outage.
4. Implement NewCloud DRaaS: Disaster Recovery as a Service:
NewCloud Networks’ backup and disaster recovery solutions have made it possible to back up and restore all essential processes safely and securely. This not only eliminates the need for expensive hardware or separate data center storage, it also shortens the time needed for a complete IT recovery to a matter of hours rather than weeks. This is essential for businesses that rely on consistent access and responsiveness with little to no downtime to their systems and data operations.
5. Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan
Once your Cloud Disaster Preparedness Plan is created and in place, be sure to schedule regular checks and updates to keep the plan effective and ensure your data remains safe and secure.
To learn more about NewCloud Networks’ Disaster Preparedness and other services, or our NewCloud Protect 30-Day Free Trial, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and preparing you for any type of disaster your business might incur.