Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan
Have you ever lost your critical business data? Ever had something interrupt your flow of business for hours or even days? Perhaps not, but you probably know someone who has. We get calls from business owners, sometimes crying, in dire need of our help to find a way to recover their data from a number of things: failed hard drive, stolen computer, virus corruption, hackers breaching the network and encrypting their data for ransom… we could go on and on.
You work hard to grow your business and keep the day-to-day operations under control. Our job is to help you focus on running your business with peace of mind. If anything were to happen to your business data, we can recover your data and restore your business to normal operations with minimal to no interruption.
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Ransomware – A Growing Threat
Ransomware is currently the greatest threat to your network. The FBI Cybersecurity division has identified the best defense to Ransomware as “good quality backups.” Having the ability to restore your system back to a version that was previously uninfected is the only reliable option. Paying the ransom does not guarantee that your files will be unencrypted. It also doesn’t clear off the infection, making it likely that the infection can recur in a few months. We offer several different business continuity options that won’t break the bank.
Is your business ready for a disaster?
With all the dependency businesses have on technology and data, business owners are becoming more aware of the potential threats that could cause them to lose their data. It’s the smart businesses that are prepared for a major breach or data loss that will recover and survive. Following are some areas that businesses should be mindful of when it comes to data loss and cyber threats.
- Personal computer data and configurations
- Servers and Databases
- Customer Files
- Smart Phones, Laptops, Tablets
- Device configurations
- Employee Termination
- Wireless Access Points
- Network File Permissions
- Software Installation Policies
- Introducing Foreign Devices
- External Hard Drives
- Home Offices
- Version Control
- Email Server
- Viruses, Spyware, Malware
Common Questions Business Owners have about Business Continuity
Ransomware is the fastest growing threat to computer networks. Ransomware refers to a growing category of malware that infects your computer, locks down or encrypts your data files and then demands payment to release or unencrypt them. No individual or business is too small, and payment of the ransom does not guarantee that you will get your files back. Ransomware often is able to bypass multiple layers of cybersecurity. Being able to restore your files from an uninfected backup is the ideal solution to the Ransomware problem.
As often as possible. Often, the best way to determine how often you should backup is to figure how much data your company would lose hourly, daily or weekly if you were to have a disaster such as a hard drive failure, lightning strike to your server, or a Ransomware infection. How much is that data worth to your company if you were to lose it entirely? Approximately how many hours would it take for your staff to recover that information? How many productive hours would your company lose while the data was recovered, or restored? In what way would your reputation be affected?
First, having an automated backup reduces the human factor. You are likely to get busy during your day, and regular backups will probably be the last thing on your mind. Second, on-site backup is susceptible to backing up the infected files and folders just like they are on your hard drive. When it comes to restoring those files and folders, it does no good to restore already infected files and folders. Third, many strains of Ransomware lie dormant while they infect files across and within your network. Having a cloud-based solution allows files to be scanned before they are restored and are able to re-infect your network.
Cost for cloud-based backup depends on many factors. Multiple options are available for file-based backup (where all your files and folders are backed up, but not your programs), image-based backup (where your entire server is backed up including all programs), and virtualization (where your server is entirely backed up and can actually run virtually via the internet while your on-site server is being repaired or replaced). We will calculate the amount of downtime your company can tolerate in order to determine what the best solution to your Backup/Disaster Recovery (BDR) needs are.
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