How safe is your data? As a business owner, it is crucial that you protect data because the consequences of a breach can lead to the loss of your business. You can have peace of mind knowing that your invaluable data is safely archived and readily available for restoration even after a disaster. Here are five critical backup and disaster questions to ask yourself.
- Where is the Data Going?
The answer to this question is based on the backup type. When it comes to local storage, data is kept locally on the premises, including network attached, back up to disk, or tape storage. You can use software such as Windows Backup, Symantec, and others to help in restoring data quickly at the local level. Due to the risk of losing the data as a result of a disaster affecting the premises, you should have a secondary backup. In cloud back up, data is sent to the cloud, and a reliable internet connection is necessary. In offsite storage, servers, files, and data are replicated to other devices at an offsite location, such as a data center.
- What Disasters Am I Preventing?
A robust data recovery plan needs to begin with the identification of threats. Determine the types of disasters you are protecting your business against and rank them in order of severity, likelihood, and geographical location. This will help you come up with a well-rounded backup and recovery strategy. For example, if you are in North Carolina, you will need an off-site, online backup due to the risk of floods, hurricane, and tornadoes. Think of your company’s data as a culmination of your staff’s lifetime work. Loss of such invaluable and vital information can be detrimental.
- What are My Primary Assets?
You need to assess the assets that are critical to the daily operations of your business. This could include, employees, data, workstations, accounting software, servers, and email systems. Then conduct a business impact analysis to determine the value of the assets and the cost of disaster to your business. It helps you figure out which assets are irreplaceable and need to be archived in strong safeguards, and the ones to be stored on-site as they can be easily replaced in the case of disaster.
- Do You Have a Mitigation Plan for Restoring Data In Case of a Breach?
You need to have a written detailed plan about how your data will be recovered after regaining network availability and other significant information. You can use this plan as the start of a complete disaster recovery plan for your business, but still, have the most critical parts of your infrastructure secured. If you have to outsource your IT services, the managed service provider needs to offer the plan. You must not experience downtime without knowing what your IT service provider is doing to restore your systems. This question helps you to see if you have enough protection for the continuity needs of your business.
- What Should I Budget for Business Continuity?
The cost of setting up a disaster recovery system can vary based on various factors. These factors include the backup type needed and the amount of storage needed; the number of devices and users needed for maintaining, backing up, and supporting; the speed of data recovery needed; and the cost of downtime. The cost of downtime factor is essential since it offers a baseline for the cost of a disaster recovery plan. Research has shown that small companies lost over $55,000 in revenue in 2017 due to network downtime. While mid-sized firms lost over $91,000, large firms lost over $1,000,000. This cost is coming from payment to idle staff during the downtime, overtime payment for compensating lost productivity, the revenue lost during the downtime, loss of customer goodwill that impacts consumer confidence, and the cost of a campaign that explains and apologizes for the downtime.
A data recovery plan can be set up for under $1,000 if you can manage a few hours of downtime. This cost increases with the speed of recovery.
Using these questions, you can find out how safe your business data is from disasters. If unsafe, you can develop an effective mitigation plan that will guarantee reliable and secure backup for your data.
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