The world is a dangerous place, and it’s even more dangerous for your data. How can you be sure that your company’s data will be safe if a disaster strikes, and that your Disaster Recovery (DR) plan will prove effective? There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the importance and the effectiveness of DR plans and services.
The 3-2-1 rule is the guiding principle of data backup and disaster recovery. The rule states that in order to have a reliable, redundant backup and an effective disaster recovery solution, you must have: three copies of your data, on two forms of media, with one copy located offsite.
Physical damage to a building, destruction of machinery, or even an electrical power outage; what is your plan of action if any of these were to happen to your business? If you hesitated for even a second, it might be time to consider creating a business impact analysis. A business impact analysis, or BIA, helps you understand the effect a disaster can have on your business. With this information you will be able to develop a recovery strategy as well as a mitigation strategy to limit the impact of a disaster. Let us show you how to get started on your own BIA so that you can improve your disaster recovery (DR) plan and improve confidence.
Risk assessing is the process of identifying potential risks that could harm an organization. A risk assessment template helps you identify the hazards that could negatively impact your business and the extent of that negative impact. Correctly identifying the risks your business could face could help reduce the severity of any potentially damaging event.
Making decisions about business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) can be a CIO’s worst nightmare. Planning, implementing and testing a strategy can take months and sleepless nights. Additionally, some CIOs face the added struggle of small budgets, fewer resources, and a mandate for agility to remain competitive. Add them all up, and you get an extremely difficult task task.
Healthcare is well on the way to transitioning from paper to electronic documentation. It’s no secret. Most patients can now access health records and talk with doctors online. With the transition, strict regulation has also accompanied this increase in electronic storage and transmission of patient information for the healthcare industry. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 further hastened this transition as electronic storage and documentation of patient records became a legal requirement and was no longer optional.
An unexpected natural disaster can set back or even shut down your business if not anticipated in advance and precautionary measures instituted. If your business is in tornado alley (North Dakota to Texas, but even as far east as Ohio and Georgia!) it's susceptible to very high winds and flying debris which may result in serious damage to the buildings and other infrastructure during a tornado. It is important to get your business up and running as soon as possible after a tornado. The longer it takes for your business to resume operations, the more likely it is to ultimately fail. According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, about 25 percent of businesses do not reopen after a natural disaster.
A disaster recovery strategy is necessary for ensuring the integrity and availability of a company's data in the event of a disaster. A delay in data recovery after a disaster can lead to severe financial losses for the affected company; studies indicate that companies can lose anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per hour following a data outage. With potential losses this high, it's essential that a company has a solid disaster recovery plan in place to restore data and minimize downtime after a disaster.
The increased prevalence and affordability of cloud computing has resulted in its utilization by companies in developing innovative solutions to risks they constantly face. One such risk is the disruption of business operations following a natural disaster. Companies with an onsite IT infrastructure often experience a delay in data recovery and restoration following a natural disaster.
What would you do if your business was under attack by malicious software? It’s a question that several CIOs and IT leaders lose sleep over. Each day, there are more and more companies being affected by the invisible threat that is Ransomware, a malicious software that blocks access to your entire computer system until a ransom is paid. Clicking an infected email link, downloading a malicious file, and other seemingly routine tasks can be the beginning of an expensive gridlock. For some companies, the cost of paying the ransom alone is enough to bankrupt them; and In some cases, businesses that have given in to paying the ransom still do not get their files back.