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Protect Company Data from Unexpected Disasters in 5 Steps

April 11, 2018

Rarely do we get enough warning to ward off an approaching disaster. At times, this warning never comes; at other times, when we receive advance warning, we get so little lead time that the disaster cannot be averted. Unfortunately, the number of risks that companies face today seems to be increasing in frequency and severity. Natural disasters such as flooding, fires and storms are increasingly common, while cyberattacks and loss of electrical power also pose a real threat to vital company data. It is important, therefore, for every business to have a clear-cut plan to manage the risks associated with these disasters, this includes business continuity and IT services.

What is Business Continuity?

Your disaster recovery strategy is incomplete without a business continuity plan. This is a clear outline of coordinated procedures and instructions for tackling disasters with available resources. A business continuity plan allows business functions in your organization to continue to run, or to resume quickly, following a major disruption, whether it be a flood, fire, storm, loss of power or cyberattack. This plan should cover assets, human resources, business processes, partners, and data. Indeed, considering the importance of data in today’s business world, data security and recovery are an important part of any business recovery plan. With the increasing use of technology for data collection and storage, IT services allow for the protection of valuable company data in the event of a disaster.

IT Services in Business Continuity

IT services are a critical part of the running of many modern day companies. As a result, the restoration of IT services is crucial to the success of any business post-disaster. Importantly, restoring business functions requires the use of specialized IT services. Your ability to smoothly implement your business continuity plan can have a positive effect on the reputation of your company, boosting consumer confidence as a result. Integrating IT services and protocols to protect your company against the threat of a cyberattack is increasingly important as online threats become more and more common.

Keeping Your Data Safe as Part of a Continuity Plan

There are simple steps that can be implemented to keep customer data safe in the event of an attack. Some of these are:

Data back-up

Backing up your data is one way to ensure it is easily recovered in the case of an emergency. Customer data, financial records, personal information, and business plans can be secured through data backup IT services. A good data backup plan involves duplicating your data to an external device or cloud storage service, and regularly updating this backup data.

Securing your data

Many IT services are available to help protect your computers and mobile devices from attacks through malware, spyware and viruses. Installing security software (anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-spyware) on your company computers is one way to protect your computer and internal networks from threats.

Data encryption

An encryption process is one of a few IT services used to protect your information. Encrypting your data with a “secret code” before sending it over the internet reduces the risk of data theft and tampering.

Educate staff

Training your staff on the potential threats they face online and how they can help protect company data is an important part of data security. Your staff must be educated on simple IT services which they can carry out themselves to keep network and devices safe and secure.

Consult the experts

Finally, consult with your local IT services experts and keep their number on hand in case of emergency (or any needed fix or update). Disasters don’t have to be devastating. The right IT services will keep your business data safe so your company can survive the unexpected and get back up and running as quickly as possible.