When danger lurks around the corner, there’s only one thing for it. A plan of action will make sure your business is ready to cope with anything, from a cyber-crime attack to unforeseen circumstances such as disruption further along the supply chain. Thankfully, the Backup Heroes are on hand to explain just how an IT disaster recovery plan can boost your organisation’s resilience in the face of growing adversity.
External threats to business
Sadly, crime pays. Cyber attacks resulting in significant data theft or loss are on the rise and it’s not difficult to see why. Hackers stand to potentially gain thousands of pounds by targeting businesses. So it’s in their interests to develop increasingly sophisticated ways of finding their next victim.
Extortion through ransomware is one form of attack. A type of malware usually installed after a user unwittingly downloads a virus, this particularly nasty trick locks files and only restores access when a ransom (typically in Bitcoin) has been paid.
It’s costly too. A recent report suggested that the average cost of such an attack was £21,000 – as reported by UK businesses in 2018.
The same report revealed other methods used by cyber criminals to steal from companies. Around two thirds of small businesses with between 10 and 49 staff fell victim to cyber-crime last year, with 25% of these reporting data had been obtained via phishing emails.
Thankfully, malicious internal data theft is rare. Still, it can and does happen – especially if an employee has a grievance against their employers and the temptation of lucrative financial information proves too great.
A more common scenario can arise due to lack of staff awareness when it comes to cyber security best practice. Here, training is key. A user needs to be ever vigilant against suspicious emails and cautious over clicking ads and links to seemingly legitimate looking websites. When employees have little or no knowledge of how to open emails or surf the web safely, they can unwittingly introduce malign code and a ‘way in’ for hackers.
Staff leaving the company can be another problem – especially when vital files and key pieces of communication are stored on emails. Yes, it’s true that applications such as Office 365 include some archiving capabilities but retention policies can be confusing and mailbox data may be permanently deleted after 30 days.
Which means that companies who don’t backup email data could be left dangerously exposed if a staff member leaves and the retention window closes with nobody noticing. There is simply no way of retrieving the lost information.
What is disaster recovery and how can a backup solution help?
A disaster recovery plan is a set of tools, policies and procedures that will be triggered if the worst was to happen. In the context of an IT system, it means the quick recovery of missing data so that businesses can continue to operate as normal. Databases and critical files can be restored at the touch of a button, frustrating the hackers and returning control to where it belongs.
While firewalls and anti-virus software should be part of your company’s defences, a complete backup of your business data means you can fully restore your files to a point in time of your choosing.
Our Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans include:
- Business impact analysis and risk assessment
- Resilience design
- Plans for different scenarios including changes of premises
- Emergency response management
To speak to our heroes and make an enquiry about our backup plans, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 6460146.