Why Should Data Protection be a Priority?
If your business is like most, your data is crucial to the everyday operations of your company. Moreover, the data on your computers is vulnerable to human error, accidental deletion, computer and hard drive failure, viruses, theft and natural disasters such as fires and floods.
If your business lost its data, how long would it take to recreate? Could your business survive without its customer records, emails, financial data and other documents for more than a day or two?
Because data is so important and vulnerable, every business needs a proper method of protecting it.
Data Loss Statistics
- 44% – Hardware Failure – Hard drives crash, tape drives fail, laptops fail, and warranties don’t cover your data.
- 32% – Personnel Error – Accidental file overwrite and/or deletion; disgruntled employees, and even spilt drinks.
- 14% – Software Error – Compatibility issues, programming errors, improper application termination.
- 7% – Viruses and hackers – Can you be fully protected from the constant introduction of new viruses?
- 3% – Disasters – Terrorism, theft, fire, flood, storm, etc
The Disaster Planning Process
The first step in the disaster recovery process is to perform a business analysis that considers all of the potential impacts from each type of disaster. Disaster recovery plans should consider how to deal with these possible events:
- Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Fire, Flood, Storms)
- Terrorist Acts (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
- Power Disruptions, Power Failure
- Computer Software or Hardware Failures
- Computer Shutdowns due to Hackers, Viruses, etc.
- Processing Shutdowns
- Labor Strife (Walkouts, Shutdowns)
Having determined the potential events, you must next look at the impacts of each event and the magnitude of the resulting disruptions. This critical activity will determine which scenarios are most likely to occur and what recovery processes are needed.
Key Components of a Disaster Plan
- Threat Analysis
- Risk Assessment
- Mitigation Steps (disaster prevention and damage reduction)
- Response and Recovery Plans
- Damage Assessment Process
- Salvage Procedures
- Rehabilitation Plans
- Disaster Recovery Plan
Let ABC Computers help you map out a comprehensive, yet affordable back up and disaster recovery plan. Call us today.