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Have You Taken Into Account Every Possible Risk to Your Data?

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_business_backup_plan_400.jpgYour agency’s data is its lifeline. Without it, you can’t hope to continue functioning, especially if you’re unable to recover it following a data loss disaster. Businesses that experience a devastating data loss and are unable to recover, are likely to go out of business within one calendar year following the incident. Is your business prepared to tackle a data loss disaster?

Some agency owners might feel that nothing bad ever happens to them, so their business should be relatively safe. They might not feel a need to invest their hard-earned revenue into something that they don’t foresee as necessary. The problem here is that if you don’t invest in protecting your hard-earned assets, they could be wiped away without a second thought.

Take, for instance, the threat of natural disasters. Regardless of where it is located, your business is always at the mercy of nature. Areas that experience harsh winters are subject to heavy snow and ice accumulation, which can topple power lines and lead to power surges. Some locations are at great risk of tornadoes, which can, quite literally, throw all of your profits into the air. Fires, electrical storms, and other more common natural disasters can also lead to data loss.

Then there's the constant threat of hackers who will brutally assault your business with whatever means necessary to steal or destroy your data. If they succeed, your budget could break under heavy compliance fines associated with sensitive or personal credentials, and your company’s reputation could suffer.

Finally, your organization could fall to simple user error. If someone inexperienced or untrained on how to properly handle your data messes with settings or files that they shouldn’t have access to, you could lose track of files, or even risk them to online attacks. This is one reason why it’s always important to both educate your employees on best practices, and to use a powerful backup and disaster recovery solution.

SMART Services suggests you implement a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) device, which is designed to minimize downtime when faced with a crippling disaster. BDR is capable of taking multiple backups per day, which can then be stored and recovered from a secure, off-site data center, and the cloud. The BDR can minimize downtime further by temporarily taking the place of your downed server. This provides an opportunity to carefully choose an adequate replacement.

Your business needs to also use proactive IT solutions designed to eliminate downtime and appropriately manage the risk of doing business online. This includes equipping your business with both a quality backup and disaster recovery solution, arming yourself with powerful security measures that can detect and eliminate potential threats, as well as preventative maintenance and management.

SMART Services can provide all of these services for you, plus many others. Our professional technicians are exceptionally knowledgeable about the technology needs of small and medium-sized businesses, as well as the pain points that they suffer from. For more information about business continuity and our BDR solution, give us a call today at (586) 258-0650.

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