With technology playing such an important role in the running of a business these days, the need for IT ‘insurance’ is greater than ever.
Having protection in place is vital for a business, whether that protection is an internal technical team, a third party IT support service or simply a data back-up plan.
But it’s also important to have a contingency plan in place to keep your business running should the worst happen. Most businesses will have a disaster recovery plan to reduce the impact of a technological emergency on a company. So, what common disaster recovery situations can businesses encounter?
The server is the most important aspect of a company’s IT service network, storing information and data that allows the company to run on a daily basis.
When a server goes down, an entire business can grind to a halt – something that can get very costly very quickly.
Unfortunately, due to the server’s constant use – by both the company and sometimes its clients – a malfunction can be quite common. The challenge is to get back online as fast as possible, which is where disaster recovery comes in.
High-profile hacks of large, multi-national organisations have been some of the top stories in the online world over the last year or two.
While it is the big corporations that grab the headlines, any business is vulnerable to a cyber attack. In fact, cyber criminals often target smaller businesses as many have ineffective IT security systems in place.
This kind of incident is becoming more and more common, but as awareness of the danger grows more SMEs are putting the right security and disaster recovery plans in place.
In today’s online world, a company’s website is effectively a shop front, so it needs to be open and usable at all times.
When a website goes offline, whether it’s because of a virus, a cyber attack or simply an abnormally large amount of traffic, the business can really suffer.
Firms can prepare for this by load testing their website, and by having a disaster recovery plan in place to get back online as quickly as possible.