Some stats say up to "70% of companies go out of business after a major data loss." How much would losing data cost you? How many days could your business last? And what would the long-term effects be?
Disaster recovery has its own urban myth. It appears in different forms, but it runs something like this: "70 percent of companies go out of business after a major data loss."
Although this statistic is not correct - or at there is no source for it - the question it poses warrants pause for thought. How much would losing data cost you? How many days could your business last? And what would be the long-term effects be?
the best answer you could give to questions about data loss
The best answer you could give is that it does not matter because disaster will take you offline. You have a well-thought-out disaster recovery plan, and you are executing on it.
Putting your plan to the test
A quick test should put your mind at ease or give you some action points to make changes:
1. Check your backups
It has happened: a great backup plan, backups taken on schedule, everything seemingly bulletproof until the backups were found to be empty.
Try not to rely on the automated email claiming "success". Look at how long the backup ran, how much data it captured and whether anything is different from what you're used to seeing.
Engaging the services of an IT provider such as Techcellence to take care of your backup systems is a one way of ensuring your most valuable business assests are being protected should catastrophic event occur.
2. Review annually
At least once a year ask if you're backing up everything you should be. And could the process be easier? Do you have a business continuity plan in place? Picturing your workforce with nothing to do and your customers unable to order is a motivating reason to spend some time on these questions.
3. Consider your storage options
Onsite backups allow for the swiftest data retrieval. They are also vulnerable to the same threats as your primary systems. Thieves, for instance, are unlikely to take pity and leave backup hardware behind. Fire and Flood are equally hartless.
4. Test those backups
What is the least accessible, hardest to test backup you have? Take that and test it at least once a year.
Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. The second worst thing you can do is only backup some of your data. So check to make sure you have proper backups running daily, if you're not sure please feel free to call us for advice and assistance..
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