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Are you concerned with backing up your data? You should be.

Why should you be concerned? You have a backup drive, right? For most of us, data backup and disaster recovery are not part of our daily business concerns. If you have a backup drive, then your covered right?

Think again.  Did you know that 60% of backups are incomplete and 50% of restores fail?  And today’s disaster threats continue to increase.  Whether viruses, ransomware, natural disasters or hardware failure, it is not a matter of IF you lose data, but WHEN. And downtime is expensive for your business.

In a Data Protection survey conducted by ESG Research, 53% of companies say they can be adversely affected after only an hour of downtime.  According to The National Archives and Records Administration, 90% of companies go out of business with a year after experiencing a downtime of just 7-days.

Top reasons for data loss

The two leading causes of data loss are hardware and software failure.  And over 140,000 hard drives fail in the US each week. In addition, the #1 emerging threat to business data loss are malicious attacks. 90% of IT service providers reported a recent ransomware attack on a small business.  While these attacks continue to rise, paying the ransom is not the answer. When cyber criminals are paid the probability of another attack increase significantly.  The real answer in protecting your business lies in today’s improved anti-virus protection, improved firewalls, employee training and having a robust data backup and disaster recovery solution that not only protects your data but minimizes downtime.

Compliance Requirements & Credibility

Threats are not the only reason for developing a well-defined backup and disaster recovery plan.  Depending on your industry, compliance and government regulation may require that you backup your data.  More important, your reputation is on the line.  Explaining a data loss to customers may lead to a loss of credibility or worse, a loss of customers and revenue.

Developing a Backup & Disaster Recovery Plan

A good backup and disaster recovery plan should include all details to restore all your business-critical systems to normalcy or near-normalcy after a disruption, in a time frame the meets your business needs. At Secure Solutions Technology, we work closely with your leadership to identify business critical systems and recovery needs that meet your business demands. We help to identify business-critical processes, backup frequency, plans to continue business operations, potential emergency situations, and roles and responsibilities should a disaster strike.

Regular Plan Reviews and Disaster Recovery Drills

Once you develop and implement your backup and disaster recovery plans, the next step is to review and test your disaster recovery on a regular basis.  Remember, 60% of backups are incomplete and 50% of restores fail. If you don’t regularly review and test your disaster recovery plans, you really can’t ensure that your protected.

For more information on protecting your business, contact your local IT pros at Secure Solutions Technology Partners today.  We can assess your current backup and recovery plans and develop a plan that keeps your business safe secure.