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Keep Calm and Data On: Why You Need Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

August 8, 2019

Data protection disaster recovery is not at the forefront of business owner’s minds until something nasty happens. At that point, the devastating scars will serve as constant reminders that data should have been protected and a business needs a disaster recovery plan.

Business owners will go to great lengths to protect against the possibility and the after-effects of a fire because they understand the devastation it causes. Few are aware of the pain and loss that comes when data is lost, servers break down, and/or companies have their data or websites held for ransom.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can protect yourself. 

What Is Data Protection?

Data protection is two-fold. The first half is the guarding and security of your data so that others cannot gain access to it. This includes protecting against physical threats such as by locking USB ports and keeping servers behind locked doors. It also includes guarding against online and digital threats with firewalls, passwords, and so forth.

The second half is the prevention of data loss from things such as crashes, viruses, physical damage to your servers, hackers, and ransomware. This involves having a series of easily-accessible backups of your data.

Data Protection Disaster Recovery

Create a plan, a series of backups, and actionable points so you and your staff know exactly what to do based on current knowledge. Also, create a few risk-cost assessments.

For example, assume your website is being held for ransom. You are told your website will crash on Black Friday if you do not pay up. You need to consider the cost and consider the genuine risk.

Ask yourself if you can purge yourself of the risk before the threat is actioned.

Don't forget that most threats you receive will have no weight behind them. For example, the phone company Talk Talk had a breach that they openly admitted and warned their customers about instantly.

After an intense investigation, it turned out that the threat included releasing all their customer’s details. The supposed hackers released 20 names, addresses, and account numbers of customers they claimed they had harvested from the database.

It turned out the 20 account names and numbers were provided by a disgruntled call center employee. There was never a hack or data breach to support the ransom threat being made.

However, it could have been far more serious. This begs the question, are you prepared for a data disaster? 

How Can You Benefit from Disaster Recovery?

If your disaster recovery small business plan and protocol are set up correctly, you will be able to reinstall your framework, data, and all your functions in a very short space of time. There should be very little loss of data or uptime. If that is the case, you could use the reinstall as a chance to spring clean your data and your information.

Right after recovery, it may be time to try out a new piece of software. After all, the addition of new software often means you have to take your website offline for a little while anyway, so during a disaster recovery would be as good of a time as any.

Conclusion - “How to” Data Protection

Data protection for small business concerns is as simple as taking all modern security precautions, and then backing up your data and your raw framework.

Any IT protection data protocols you have should include frequent backups of important data and the easy access of that data in an emergency.

Don't forget that when you reinstall your framework, website, etc., you are purging your server of any nasty malware that has found its way into your system.

If your data protection disaster recovery plan involves a new set of passwords, access permissions and so forth, then recovery from a disaster may make your website or network “Harder” to crack or hack.

For more details on data protection, for expert advice and new ideas relating to IT and security, contact us today.

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