It is no secret that a data disaster can be devastating to business. Especially those small to medium sized businesses that may experience long periods of downtime as a result and NEVER being able to recover. No business wants to experience a data disaster as it can be very costly, and potentially close the doors to a business for good.
Here are 4 ways that you can prevent harm and be prepared for a Data Disaster!
1. Talk to Your IT Provider.
This will be your go-to, and where to begin the conversation. An IT provider can provide a risk assessment, and then offer solutions to save you from data loss. Think about the spreadsheet you have been working on for months. It would be shame if it were gone forever. How about that project you and the team have been assigned that has a rapidly approaching deadline? It would be a waste of time and hassle to recreate if the file became corrupt or were lost. In any case, a BDR solution can help alleviate these stresses.
2. Be a Part of the Conversation.
You know better than anyone what files you need access to for a successful day at work. Be involved in the process of backing up your data. Then, should your company fall victim to data loss or ransomware, you will know just how to respond. Your IT provider will ultimately be responsible for recovering your data and maintaining your backups, of course, but knowing how to gain access to your files while they get you back up and running may require an extra step. When the disaster recovery solution is put into place, there may also be some training available to you from your IT provider that should prove helpful.
3. Know That You Are Protected.
Call your IT provider or walk into your manager’s office and ask, “If we fall victim to ransomware, or our company files are lost, what do we do?” With this simple question, you can prevent costly downtime and data loss. With one question, you can essentially protected your office and coworkers from being locked out of your files indefinitely. Asking this questions can help you establish if you actually do have an effective disaster recovery plan. Gently remind your manager that when it comes to a data disruption, it’s not a question of if but more so when.
4. Save Your Work.
Sounds easy and like a no-brainer right? But with years of IT experience, we have seen countless times how simply saving work can fall by the wayside. Even if your machine is being backed up, and your files are being protected, you still need to save often. Should disaster hit and files are in need of being recovered, your progress will be lost if you have not saved your work! There is always a risk of losing some work in the event of a disaster, but if you remember to save often, the risk decreases immensely.