Business Rx: Disaster Planning for Businesses

Disaster preparedness is not just about flashlights and canned goods.  Whether a business is facing a superstorm like Sandy or Snowpocalypse Part II, protecting assets must go further and deeper than just protecting the brick and morter assets.  Effective disaster planning for businesses must include a comprehensive plan to protect, preserve, and if necessary, recover valuable data assets.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers small business owners comprehensive resources on how to prepare for the impact of natural, technical, and even terrorist hazards on their bottom line.

The Agency suggests a coordinated strategy combining planning (risk assessment, financial and physical risk mitigation), implementation (emergency response plans, business continuity and IT disaster recovery plans), along with testing, revising, and using simulations to ensure 100% participation in all risk management plans.

Protecting valuable data assets, however, is not as simple as checking smoke alarms and meeting OSHA standards.  Data and IT resources in particular can be vulnerable in times of emergency.  It could be as basic as cell towers downed by a massive storm or as deadly as a full-out hacker strike.  And whereas business can still hobble along with a damaged window or production slow-down, a technical disaster could cripple a company.

recent CBS article offered three basic keys to protective crucial business data.

  1. Redundant hard drives for all computers.  Installing a second or external hard drive for each PC, along with software to automatically and systematically back up data, can be a solution to many data problems.
  2. Networked attached storage.  Instead of relying on individual backups for all computers, a network can offer a centralized backup space connecting all computers in an office (or around the world).
  3. Cloud storage.  Virtual storage offsite is an option many businesses are exploring.  The benefits are almost unlimited space.

Backing up data is just one way to protect your data.  For more information on impact of data loss or corruption from hardware failure, human error, hacking or malware, and on how to prevent these disasters from sidelining (or even permanently derailing) your operations, contact us.