It’s early Saturday morning, before dawn, and your cell phone rings. Bleary-eyed, you answer: it’s one of your weekend workers. They came in early to get some reporting done, but the network is down. They’re getting a serious error message, and it looks like about half your servers are down. In a panic, you run to your laptop and sure enough, your website is now malfunctioning. What do you do?
It’s something IT administrators worry about all the time: a network meltdown. They know it will probably happen someday, they just want to be ready when it does. That’s where IT disaster recovery plans can provide a little peace of mind.
IT disaster recovery plans are procedures that a company implements in the case of a disrupted system or network. A proper IT disaster recovery plan will provide step-by-step operations for recovering data and resuming normal operations. Having an IT DR plan in place can help a small business minimize negative effects and get back on its feet faster.
Your small business IT disaster recovery plan should do the following:
The first step towards building your IT recovery plan is to complete a full-scale risk assessment. This risk assessment should identify potential threats to your network and infrastructure, and find potential threats to the most important internal system elements. This assessment should split your network infrastructure into critical and non-critical elements, which will help determine which assets need to be recovered first.
Building an IT DR plan can be overwhelming, which is why it is essential to have a partner who is familiar with IT disaster recovery. We have helped a number of clients establish better IT disaster recovery plans, and we would be glad to help you.
The average cost of a data breach in the United States is $8.64 million, which is the highest in the world, while the most expensive sector for data breach costs is the healthcare industry, with an average of $7.13 million (IBM).
The three sectors with the biggest spending on cybersecurity are banking, manufacturing, and the central/federal government, accounting for 30% of overall spending (IDC).
40% of businesses will incorporate the anywhere operations model to accommodate the physical and digital experiences of both customers and employees (Techvera).
The cost of cybercrime is predicted to hit $10.5 trillion by 2025, according to the latest version of the Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures “2022 Cybersecurity Almanac.”.
Forty-three percent of attacks are aimed at SMBs, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves (Accenture).
More than 33 billion records will be stolen by cybercriminals by 2023, an increase of 175% from 2018.
It takes an average of 287 days for security teams to identify and contain a data breach, according to the “Cost of a Data Breach 2021” report released by IBM and Ponemon Institute.
The internal team was energized. With the Level 1 work off its plate, the team turned its attention to the work that fueled company growth and gave them job satisfaction.
We did a proof of concept that met every requirement that our customer might have. In fact, we saw a substantial improvement.
We did everything that we needed to do, financially speaking. We got our invoices out to customers, we deposited checks, all the things we needed to do to keep our business running, and our customers had no idea about the tragedy. It didn’t impact them at all.
“We believe our success is due to the strength of our team, the breadth of our services, our flexibility in responding to clients, and our focus on strategic support.”