Some small businesses operate under the misconception that they are too small to be the target of cyber-attacks. The reality today though, is that cyber-criminals are most likely to target those businesses which they see to be most vulnerable. Cyber-attacks are much more likely to be directed toward the "low hanging fruit" of marginally secure small organizations as opposed to more elaborate attempts at breaching the data fortresses of large corporations with enormous security resources.
It is an accepted fact in the IT field today that the probability of cyber-attacks on any digitally active organization is not a question of "if" but "when." 40% of businesses this year will experience network access by a hacker, and 50% will never even be aware that they have been hacked.
Cyber-attacks are just one form of disaster scenario beyond the control of enterprises. An effective BDR (Backup and Data Recovery) plan protects against data loss in any event, whether from natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake, or blizzard as well as data breaches caused by malicious actors or simple human error. There are also the unpredictable risks of hardware failure and power outages, which are among the leading causes of downtime reported by businesses.
Data Loss Expenses and Business Failure Rates
According to the National Archives and Records Administration 90% of companies which experience just one week of data center downtime go out of business within 12 months. Companies lose an average of $84,000 for every hour of downtime after a disaster. Even small data breaches of 100 files or less can cost a company between $18,120 and $35,730 according to a Verizon report at Entrepreneur.com.
An even more sobering statistic reported by the Gartner Group states that 43% of companies were put out of business immediately after a major data loss and another 51% went out of business within two years. That leaves us with a data loss survival rate of just a meager 6%.
The need for effective BDR plans encompasses all enterprises and organizations which rely on secure uncompromised digital data. While the disaster recovery needs naturally vary from business to business, there are elements of BDR which they all have in common.
Elements of BDR
Data backup needs to operate consistently to ensure it is up to date and immediately available in the event of a server crash. Three components provide the ideal data backup including:
- Multiple incremental backups throughout the day. Near real-time backups every 15 minutes
- On-premise storage of current data. A second copy stored locally enables quick recovery time, especially with large files which can be slow to pull from an off-site location.
- Off-site backup is insurance against natural disaster losses. Off-site storage enables bare-metal restorations to get your new equipment online after the building has been unavailable because of disaster conditions. Off-site storage should be redundant in 2 locations, one locally for quick retrieval and one out of the region for natural disaster protection.
Scalable Pricing allows for vigorous business growth. As your business grows so will the data storage and application demands. A versatile BDR can grow with your business. Not all businesses require the most costly zero downtime BDR solutions, and more affordable BDR plans can be deployed based on, for example, a tolerable 2-hour downtime period.
Data Encryption ensures that data is not accessible to anyone on or off-site at the remote storage facility without a passkey.
Virtualization software can enable the BDR appliance to function as a standby server in cases where the physical server fails to restore on the device. The virtual image can provide a working server within 60 minutes of notification of the actual server crash while continuing backup of additional servers.
Bare Metal Restore is used to restore new or dissimilar hardware with the latest backup image.
Backup and Disaster Recovery at Total Computer Solutions
Waiting for a server crash to test your organization's BDR plan can make any business a risky business. At Total Computer Solutions, we understand the need for businesses to mitigate the high risks of data loss while optimizing productive uptime. We can provide a thorough backup assessment to determine your organization's level of risk, and engineer, a total Backup and Disaster Recovery solution tailored specifically to the needs of your business.