Hardly a week goes by without a major disaster making headlines. In 2020 alone, there have been a global virus pandemic, massive wildfires in California, frequent earthquakes across the country and outbreaks of tornadoes and powerful hurricanes wreaking havoc when you least expect it. In addition, cybercriminals have been working in overdrive exploiting the virus pandemic with a tsunami of ransomware and malware attacks on organizations. With Mother Nature and cyber thieves on a frenzy, we need to take the hint. It’s time to re-evaluate our readiness for the unexpected.
National Preparedness Month
Ready.gov has prepared natural disaster planning toolkits for businesses as well as for families and communities to help stay one step ahead of the next disaster. We encourage you to review these materials and take them to heart.
- Ready.gov – Hurricanes
- Ready.gov – Earthquakes
- Ready.gov – Flood
- Ready.gov – Tornadoes
- Ready.gov – Power Outage
Don’t Forget to Safeguard Your Data
At Magna5, we know data is the lifeblood of busy organizations. Disasters occur in many forms – power outages, natural disasters, data breaches, equipment failures – and can cause serious damage if you are not prepared. Studies show roughly 40-60% of midsize businesses never reopen after a disaster. Even more eye opening … 90% of businesses that experience a disaster and don’t resume operations in five days go out of business within the first year.
A Checklist to Safeguard Your Critical Data
Here is our checklist to proactively ensure your data is protected.
✔ Decide what needs to be backed up.
✔ Establish an appropriate backup schedule and window.
✔ Decide where to store backups (offsite and onsite).
✔ Develop a backup retention policy.
✔ Ensure backup data is encrypted and secure from cyber thieves.
✔ Determine the granularity of recovery – entire infrastructure or specific workloads.
✔ Establish end-to-end visibility into all backup files.
✔ Agree on recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) of applications.
✔ Test your data recovery plan regularly.
✔ Establish notifications for backup failures and errors.
Don’t wait for a disaster to strike. Let us be a part of your data backup and disaster recovery strategy. Check out our short Data Backup and Disaster Recovery video to learn more.
Mike Penn joined Magna5 as Senior Content Developer. His role is to bring to life stories that inspire or inject clarity in how managed services and emerging trends can be applied to help organizations operate better and more efficiently.