• Theft/Burglary (data) • Fire • Human error
• Flood • British weather • Hard disk crash
Business continuity is often seen as a costly exercise and is usually overlooked by companies who believe that natural disasters, staff absence, security breaches and outages will not affect there system. Preventing a natural disaster is always going to be difficult but having a disaster recovery plan in place will minimize the risk to your infrastructure and avoid large financial implications.
The importance of protecting your IT infrastructure against disruption is even more important than ever as companies are no longer able to afford any downtime that will in-turn lead to larger losses. In some cases disruption can often lead to loss of opportunities, orders and data which can have a huge impact on the credibility of your business
All businesses should have a disaster recovery plan – Most businesses do not. A disaster recovery plan forms part of your businesses ’Business Continuity Plan’ which should include planning for the restoration of your businesses critical IT systems
What disaster recovery measures can you put in place to minimize these risks to your systems?
- Make sure you have power protection devices (UPS) installed and configured that are able to carry out a controlled shutdown of your system in the event of power disruption.
- Hard drive redundancy (RAID) minimising the risk of storage failure.
- Up to date anti-virus and spam filtering software.
- Pro-active monitored and managed backups ensuring you have the very latest information at hand in the event of a failure.
- High availability office backup – images of your system securely stored at an offsite location of your choice and updated automatically ready to be used for a speedy restoration of your data/systems.
- Internet backup lines – automatic fail-over of your internet lines ensuring continuity of email and web services