Have you ever lost an hour of work on your computer?
Now imagine if you lost days or weeks– or imagine loosing your client database, financial records, and all of the files your company has ever created.
What if a major storm, flood, or fire destroyed your office and all of your files? Or if a virus wiped out your server…do you have an emergency recovery plan in place that you feel confident in? How quickly do you think you could recover, if at all?
Many small business owners tend to ignore or forget about taking steps to secure their company’s network from these types of catastrophes until disaster strikes. By then it’s too late and the damage is done.
What’s most frustrating about this situation is that 100% of these disasters and restoration costs could have been completely avoided easily and inexpensively.
Most small business owners are clueless on the importance of regular preventative maintenance and disaster recovery planning because they are already swamped with more immediate day-to-day fires demanding their attention. If their network is working fine today, it goes to the bottom of the pile of things to worry about. In most cases, no one is watching to make sure the back ups are working, the virus protection is up-to-date, or that the network is “healthy”.
The same holds true with your computer network. Obviously the information on the disk is far more valuable than the disk itself. If your company depends on having access to the information stored on your server or PC, then it’s time to get serious about protecting it from damage or loss.
The 5 Most Important Things You Should Do To Make Sure Your Company Is Protected From These Types Of Disasters:
While it’s impossible to plan for every potential computer disaster or emergency, there are a few easy and inexpensive measures you can put into place that will help you avoid the vast majority of computer disasters you could experience.
Step#1: Make Sure You’re Backing Up Your System
It is so important to back up your network. There are a number of things that could cause you to lose data files. If the information on the disk is important to you, make sure you have more than one copy of it.
Second, it’s absolutely critical that you keep an offsite copy of your data. No one expects a flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster. But did you ever consider theft? What if someone breaks into your office and takes every single piece of computer equipment you have? It has happened.
What if a neighboring office catches fire or if a faulty sprinkler system waters your server room?
What if your data becomes corrupt or a tape drive hardware failure erases your data? That’s why you want to not only keep an onsite copy of your data, but also an offsite copy. Your businesses data is just too important to not do everything possible to protect it.
Step #2: Perform A Complete Data Restore To Make Sure Your Backups Are Working Properly
Many business owners set up some type of backup system, but then never check to make sure it’s working properly. It’s not uncommon for a system to APPEAR to be backing up when in reality, it’s not.
Step #3: Keep A Copy Of Your Backups Offsite
What happens if a fire or flood destroys your server AND the backup tapes or drive? What happens if your office gets robbed and they take EVERYTHING? Having an off-site back up is simply a smart way to make sure you have multiple copies of your data.
#4: Make Sure Your Virus Protect Is Always On And Up-To-Date
With virus attacks coming from spam, downloaded data and music files, web sites, and even e-mails from friends, you cannot afford to not be protected.
Not only can a virus corrupt your files and bring down your network, but it can hurt your reputation. If you or one of your employees unknowingly spreads a virus to a customer, or if the virus hijacks your e-mail address book, you’re going to make a lot of people very angry.
#5: Set Up A Firewall
Small business owners tend to think that because they are “just a small business”, no one would waste time trying to hack in to their network, when nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s only a matter of time before the network crashes. Make sure your business has a proper backup & recovery solution. Netcom Solutions has worked with countless businesses to help develop a comprehensive backup solution catered to their needs and budget. With state-of-the-art data backup, computer hard drive backup, and complete hardware and system recovery from Netcom Solutions, your South Florida business is safe from unpredictable threats.