The amount of data your business processes in a day is staggering. Every time you use email, make a payment or save any type of file, you create a digital footprint. Now multiply the data produced in one day by a week, a month and a year and you will begin to see the problem if a tidal wave sweeps in and washes those footprints away. A disaster recovery policy is one way to limit the potential fallout from such devastation. In other words, it can protect your organisation from lasting damage.
What is a disaster recovery policy?
A disaster recovery policy is a set of actions your company puts in place in case of an emergency so that operations can resume as quickly as possible.
Unfortunate events (and even though we’re talking worst case scenarios here, it pays to be prepared) include fire, physical theft, technological failures and disruption to your supply chain.
However, a disaster recovery plan should also include what measures should be activated when facing the all-too-likely prospect of a cybercrime attack.
Thought you were safe from this particular danger? Think again. Even small enterprises may find themselves a target and, whereas the first group of circumstances are thankfully rare, online crime is a growing and very real threat.
In 2017, 70% of large companies and 74% of SMEs reported that they had suffered a cyber breach. Meanwhile, cybercrime is estimated to cost the UK around £22.91b every single year.
Preparing for the worst
A data breach is defined as a security incident in which the “confidentiality, availability or integrity” of information is compromised.
If such an event is likely to affect the “rights and freedoms” of an individual, a company must notify the supervisory authority without delay – and in any case within 72 hours of being made aware of a breach. Failure to do so can result in heavy financial penalties.
There may be more far-reaching consequences too. Reputation may be too tarnished to recover. Clients and customers are slow to forgive, even if your organisation is not a direct perpetrator but is the victim of a sophisticated hacking attack.
Meanwhile, inability to restore business-critical information quickly and securely can severely disrupt day-to-day operations - and therefore threaten long-term survival.
The importance of backups
Backing up your data should be an integral part of your wider disaster recovery plan.
Why? As we have seen, data can be lost in any number of different ways but it’s how well your business is able to recover after the fact that will determine its ability to carry on functioning.
Information can be wiped out in an instant through natural disaster, cybercrime or simple human error. Therefore, a secure backup solution that can restore line-by-line data or whole systems at the touch of a button provides real peace-of-mind.
At Backup Heroes, we:
- Identify what data is stored and where
- Provide secure and robust data storage so that information is safe at rest and in transit
- Schedule and conduct regular backups at recommended intervals to protect the integrity of business data
- Offer free backup set-up, ongoing advice and implementation of a strategic business resilience plan if needed
To discover more about free set up and to find out about our backup solutions, call 0845 646 0146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org