In a recent survey of small businesses owners, only 13% of respondents believed themselves to be susceptible to a disaster resulting in data loss. That means 87% of small businesses believe their IT infrastructure has multiple redundancies –doubtful. No business is immune to disasters of every kind; therefore, every company needs a comprehensive disaster plan.
It’s good to be confident in your IT infrastructure, it’s dumb to be overconfident about your company’s ability to recover from a disaster. 65% of small business owners think that if they were to suffer a disaster that put them out of commission for a day, the total loss to the business would be less than $500. The reality of disasters is that 40% of small businesses hit will sustain losses that will prevent them from ever reopening.
The best thing you can do to prepare your business for a disaster is to move your office into a structurally reinforced cave, equipped with backup generators and armed guards. All of your employees will also need to have degrees in computer engineering; this is the best way to protect yourself from employees making computer errors resulting in data loss..
Or you can take a more practical approach to preparing your business for disaster by having a well thought out plan that’s both realistic and meets your budget. There are three fundamentals that need to be covered with your disaster plan- 1) an action plan, 2) geography, and 3) data protection.
You will want to make sure all emergency contact numbers are written down and kept in a safe place that is easily accessible to personnel that requires access. This list must include the emergency contact information for every employee, along with instructions about what they should do in the event of each kind of disaster. You will want to make sure this emergency contact list is updated on a regular basis, and you will also want to have several copies offsite in case the companies building is completely compromised and inaccessible
Secondary Location/ Backup Site
If your office is inaccessible, you will need to move operations to a backup location in order to maintain critical operations. It may be financially prohibitive to maintain a secondary office building just in case of an emergency, but it will be well worth it to have a second location planned for, along with arrangements with your IT provider to quickly hook up needed computer equipment to get you back online. Even if you are temporarily running your business with card tables and CRT monitors in an abandoned warehouse, this is still better than not being able to communicate with customers and vendors. Having an emergency continuity plan for a secondary office will make the transition easier to quickly get your business up and running again. It will be very difficult to begin making calls to find a second office location and arrange for new equipment when your phones and contact information has been destroyed.
It’s easy to replace desks, chairs, and even computers (that’s why you have insurance), but it’s very difficult to rebuild data that’s not backed up and has been lost. Think about the time it would take to rebuild all the content and information in your databases. This is why so many businesses close after a disaster because they need this information to operate efficiently, and doing the work to gather the needed information from scratch is too expensive and time consuming. In a recent survey, 81% of small businesses were correct when they identified data as their most valuable company asset.
Quikteks can assist you with your business continuity and disaster recovery plans by providing you with a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution that will automatically backup your data to a secure offsite datacenter, just in case something ever happens to your company’s physical location. Our BCDR solutions also have the ability to recover your data, making your entire network available to you as soon as you power on the computers at your temporary location. If you would like to be prepared for any disaster with a BCDR solution, or if would like assistance in putting together a business continuity plan, then call Quikteks at PHONENUMBER.