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Data loss is always a concern for businesses, and now with cloud storage, there’s more of a concern than ever before. “It can’t/won’t happen to me” attitudes among small businesses often end in disaster, costing their owners a pretty penny.
Reduced profits, lost productivity and damage to your business’s reputation are just a few things that can result from loss of data – and these are the best-case scenarios. Small businesses can’t afford to lose data. Almost 60% of small businesses go under within six months of a major data loss.
The good news is that a majority of small businesses already back up their data, whether it’s locally, on the cloud, or both. To prevent a catastrophic loss of data, it’s important that you follow some simple guidelines to preserve your data. For starters, backup your data on a daily basis, or at least a few times a week. You also need to put a Business Continuity Plan in place.
A Business Continuity Plan is a process you use to respond to any catastrophic loss of data. It’s a documented and clear set of plans detailing how to recover this data. The Plan should include step-by-step instructions on how to recover from a loss and get your network up and running as quickly as possible. It prevents a major loss of productivity and revenue and gets your people back to work.
Your Business Continuity Plan should be monitored by a Managed Service Provider. They are specially qualified to handle data recovery and get your business back up and running after an IT disaster. They will also analyze your unique situation and show you the best way to safeguard your data. Plus, in the event of a catastrophe, they can help you recover your data.
How is data lost? There are a few main causes for this, including:
The best way to protect your data from hackers and other risks is to have a reliable recovery solution in place that’s designed by an IT professional. The biggest threat to your data and your business is not being prepared. Get together with your Managed Service Provider (MSP), and develop a Business Continuity Plan that works for your particular business.