by Bill MacLennan, CEO of Your Computer Hero
Storm season is coming! If you are like most people, you are probably thinking “it will never happen to me.” But if it did, how long would it take your business to get back up and running? One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot. This is a great time make sure you are prepared for those powerful storms that roll through Minnesota in the spring and summer, often resulting in everything from lightning strikes to tornado damage.
During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers and even theft is very real. As a reminder to all of our clients and friends, here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.
- Back Up Your Data Remotely! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.
- Use A Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery. A high-quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power supply battery backup will go a long way in protecting sensitive electronic equipment from surges and other electronic irregularities that can destroy your computer’s circuitry.
- Make Sure Your Servers Are Off The Floor Or In The Cloud. If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very inexpensively.Or consider moving your critical server equipment to the cloud and be protected no matter the weather!
- Have A Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.
If you have questions or concerns about the security of your company’s data in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, we have developed this special report to help small business owners think through 10 essential disaster planning steps.
10 Disaster Planning Essentials For Small Businesses
Don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve in an instant! This report will reveal important planning strategies you should have in place now to protect yourself from common data-erasing disasters including natural hazards, human error, cyber criminals, hardware failure, software corruption and other IT failures. Download your free report instantly here.