In a recent meeting of executives, a question was posed to a technology executive about what would happen if this particular company were victimized by a cyber-attack. The executive responsible for technology said “I hope nothing bad would happen. There should be plenty of safeguards in place” One of the C-level executives responded abruptly, “hope is not a winning business strategy for anything, especially when it comes to a catastrophe that could paralyze our business.” The conversation quickly became focused on what would happen, and what are the backup plans in the event of a technology failure.
By the way, this very conversation should not happen after the cyber-attack or virus is uncovered. Many times businesses that are hacked into have viruses on their system for weeks prior to being activated. When the shutdown occurs and the system fails, that is when the technology staff says “we were going to get around to safeguarding our system” (one of these days never came). “We really have been meaning to check our backups for a long time.” Another unfortunate occurrence after a technology catastrophe is that companies find out that their backups were not working either. Once again this is not the time to identify that your backups have failed.
Backups and disaster plans, data security are all projects that should be a priority and should be addressed and tested well before a disaster occurs. The priorities for your company’s technology should be security first, stability second, and then functionality. Most businesses prioritize functionality first and then worry about stability and security only when a problem occurs.
Security concerns involve having a proper firewall and anti-virus software for all equipment system wide. Security concerns also include having updated equipment and software that is operating in a secure environment. Stability concerns involve having proper backups. Backups should be both onsite and offsite depending upon the environment. Backups should also be viewed in terms of recovery options. Recovery options should be reviewed regarding restoration timing and the pathway for recovery in the event of a technology disaster.
After a disaster occurs, it is another blow to realize that your backups are not working or there is a significant wait time until your data is recovered. You also may be faced with determining a pathway on how and where to restore your data once it is recovered. When managing a technology disaster you will also be faced with many unforeseen expenses such as new equipment and overnight shipping for equipment. You have to face limitations on what is available, and you are paying additional labor for all of this equipment to be configured as soon as possible. It becomes apparent that a disaster recovery plan is well worth the expense versus paying extensively to regain system usage in a disaster setting.
Undoubtedly as a business leader you do not want to have to make up a disaster recovery plan on the fly when you are faced with a major technology fiasco. All of these concepts should be addressed and ready to roll for peace of mind when a technology disaster presents itself.
One winning solution (with all of these disaster recovery concepts already addressed) is to contact your sales specialist at NthaCloud today to learn more about cloud computing for your business. You will be delighted to see that your company’s system security and stability is a priority for our staff and your network design.
To learn more contact us for a no obligation consultation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to receive notifications when new informative technology blogs are added? Subscribe now.
If you would like to download our free Executive Guide addressing Technology Labor Shortages, click here.