Many business owners are starting to realise that cybercrime is a very real threat that can affect just about anybody. Stealing data from a large corporation might be extremely lucrative but hacking into vulnerable systems put in place by small enterprises is more straightforward for hackers. That’s why all companies face the risk of falling victim to cybercrime. But it’s not just criminals that pose a threat to your IT infrastructure.
Natural and man-made disasters as well as issues like power outages and brownouts can all result in the loss of data and business downtime, both of which can be costly. In fact, recent studies suggest that around 93% of businesses that experience downtime for more than 10 days go bankrupt within a year. That eerie statistic makes the fact that around 75% of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan in place especially worrying.
In some cases, small businesses neglect to implement a robust IT disaster recovery strategy because they think they lack the time and resources. Or, they assume they’ll never fall victim to cybercrime, but that’s an assumption you can’t afford to make.
So, why is implementing an IT disaster recovery plan so crucial? And how can you protect your network?
Why you need an IT disaster recovery plan
Just some reasons why you need an IT disaster recovery plan include:
• Hardware can fail
Modern IT hardware may be admirably resistant to technical issues and failures, but nothing in this world is perfect. Power outages, overheating, brownouts and even natural disasters can all cause hardware problems, leading to lost data. This is why you need to back up your data frequently and be able to recover it quickly in the event of a hardware failure.
• Humans make mistakes
Forgetting to save documents, data-entry issues and incorrect hardware shutdowns can all lead to data loss, and even the most cautious of us can make mistakes. With a disaster recovery plan that includes incremental online data backups, you can easily restore your files to an error-free state.
• Customers expect perfection
The World Wide Web has forced businesses to be more accountable and transparent, which has increased competition in just about all industries. You don’t want to lose customers to competitors due to a problem such as a power outage that leads to data loss.
• Cybercrime is on the rise
Cybercrime has been on the rise for years, and the pandemic has accelerated the trend. Many hackers want to get their hands on your lucrative data, sabotaging your business in the process. You need to make sure you can get that data back as well as implement measures to minimise the risk of a cyberattack in the first place.
How our managed IT services can help
At First Solution, we offer a fully-managed and remote data backup and recovery service so that you can concentrate on your core business without having to worry about criminals, hardware failures or human error causing costly downtime. From automatic security updates to frequent virtual backups and data archiving, we can do it all. Call us, and we’ll let you know how we can secure your business for an affordable monthly fee, freeing up your time and resources in the process.