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Could a Natural Disaster Sideline Your Business?

10/10/17 7:21 AM

You’ve put time and money into your business – could an unfortunate event cause you to lose everything?

While most business owners guard against shrink and loss in the conventional sense, they rarely think about natural disasters. Depending on where you live, they might not be common, but when they do occur, natural disasters can be catastrophic in terms of data loss.

Customer information, inventory records, financial data, and other important data could be lost forever in the event of a natural disaster. If you don’t take the proper steps, your entire operation could grind to a halt.

Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

Is your company prepared for a Natural Disaster?You probably take many precautions when it comes to your company’s data, but even if your systems are secure from hackers and tampering, a major storm or weather event is a different type of threat.

Consider events like floods and earthquakes. If you store your data in a central location, an event of that type could destroy everything – encrypting and securing your information is useless when the hardware is compromised.

Some businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan, viewing it as an unnecessary expense. Skipping this precaution, however, is a major gamble; with no recovery plan in place, you’re left with nothing but hope that the hardware holding your data will remain unharmed.

Perhaps you outsource your IT needs to third parties. Unfortunately, not all IT providers are created equal – while some offer great protection from natural disasters, others fall short.

Is Your IT Provider Giving You Full Protection?

Backing up data is one of the most basic and effective ways to guard against loss. But an IT provider that doesn’t take the proper steps isn’t doing you justice.

One of the first steps a reliable IT provider should take is backing up your data at a separate location. Having backups in different locations means your data is safe if one location gets hit by a natural disaster. The quality of a data center matters as well – the backup should be at a secure location with proper security protection.

If your IT vendor isn’t taking these steps, they aren’t giving you the maximum amount of protection; your data is still vulnerable.

Staying Protected with a Qualified IT Service

An IT provider must prepare for power outages, internet outages, attempted security breaches, and other threats that will negatively affect their data centers.

Not only should they have a robust infrastructure with backups in place, they should also offer service levels applicable to your business, including minimizing downtime and guaranteeing they can get your data back no matter what type of disaster strikes.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

One great option for protecting your data from a natural disaster is to run your business in the cloud. You can mitigate the risk of information loss and system downtime by moving your core business systems onto a cloud platform that is built to handle these situations.

Don’t think you’re prepared for a natural disaster or want more information about being prepared? Contact Stellar One today.  

Richard Sellar

Written by Richard Sellar

President at Stellar One Consulting