Protect Your Business and Network From Disaster During Hurricane Season

It’s Hurricane Season.

Unless you’re a Carolina hockey fan, those words are enough to send a shiver down your spine, especially given how frequent—if not constant—hurricanes and storm warnings have become in recent years.

Beyond the very real threat hurricanes pose to people’s well-being and property, they also pose another challenge to small business owners. A natural disaster may not only severely damage your business’s facilities or stock, it can also destroy the data you rely on every day to get your work done. If a storm, for example, floods your office and wipes out the hard drives where you keep all of your customer and financial data, bouncing back after a disaster is going to be a serious challenge.

That’s why it’s so essential to have both data backup and a recovery plan.

Data Backup

Backing up your data is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your business. You know that, though. The question is, how are you backing up your data, and how often?

serverYou’ll want to be sure that your data is secure and stored somewhere offsite so that if your business facility is physically destroyed, your data remains safe. The cloud offers some of the best offsite data storage solutions, offering the scale and flexibility you need to keep ALL of your important information backed up and easily accessible.

The other key question is how often you are backing up your data. Many cloud storage services allow daily backups, if not more frequent. When did you last check how often you’re updating your data? If it’s too long between backups, you could stand to lose days’ or even weeks’ worth of information in case of disaster, and that simply isn’t worth the risk.

Data Recovery

Of course, securely and frequently backing up your data is only half of the process. You also need a plan in place to recover your data.

To do that, you’ll need to determine key data recovery parameters: the optimum recovery point objective (RPO) and the recovery time objective (RTO).

The RPO determines how old your recovered data can be: in other words, how far back do you need to go get everything you need to get back to doing business. The RTO, on the other hand, defines how quickly you need to get back online. How long can you go with your network down? Can you function at all with no or limited data, or would that be a complete hindrance?

Answering these questions is essential to building an effective disaster recovery plan. Your answers may vary, but you’ll likely want to get back online and back to doing business as soon as possible. Fortunately, protecting and recovering your data and your business can be easy with Beacon IT Services (BITS).

Datto Partners

Datto Partner

BITS is a long-time partner of cyber security experts Datto. Together, we provide the software, hardware, planning, and execution required to keep your data safe, especially in the face of natural disasters. Utilizing Datto’s data protection solutions specially designed for small businesses, BITS is able to implement disaster protection and recovery plans that’ll get you back on your feet in no time.

One of our key services? Instant virtualization to support recovery, which significantly reduces downtime and restores your system instantly with the push of a button.

That’s just one of the many ways BITS can help protect you from disaster. Contact us today to begin developing your comprehensive data backup and recovery plan. There’s no getting around hurricane season, but you can reduce the threat it poses to your business.

By | 2021-09-24T11:16:57+00:00 September 24th, 2021|IT Services|

Managed IT Services

Disaster Response Time

If you’ve ever been in the unfavorable position of seeing your business IT infrastructure compromised, you understand the necessity of an expedient response from your IT vendor. If you haven’t, thank goodness. Unfortunately, the rise in the number of successful web-based attacks increases the odds of you facing this situation sometime in the future.

Successful businesses protect themselves against known risks. So, how do you best prepare for the eventuality of your company network being attacked? Another way to ask this questions is: What are the elements of a good disaster preparedness plan that ensure the fastest response time?

At Beacon, we hang our hat on two essential elements when working with clients to secure their IT infrastructure: experienced live technicians, and a properly-configured remote tool kit.

Live Technicians Make All the Difference

It’s natural and easy to become reliant on technology. Humans have done this at every stage of our evolution. An appropriate present day example is the societal discussion taking place around automation. It’s true – robots and artificial intelligence may very well be the components that someday revolutionize the workplace.

But, even the smartest tech leaders of the most forward-looking companies are re-learning the value of human capital. As Elon Musk, the CEO of the upstart carmaker Tesla, recently acknowledged, there is such a thing as over-automation. It turns out that the key to ramping up the production of Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 is not more robots, but more people.

We’ve always placed a high value on highly personal customer service. In fact, the calling card of Beacon’s IT services is the ability of clients to receive live assistance immediately.

If you’re faced with a cyber attack that took down your network, you don’t want to be reduced to leaving voice mails to your IT vendor. Or worse, relying on a corrupted or compromised network to figure out what’s what. You want to be speaking with a real expert right away, not three hours from now. It is this step that’s going to be the difference between restoring your network in minutes, rather than days.

Remote Tools Help Your Network Recover Quickly

Hopefully, your firewall solution is good enough to keep out any unsavory characters. But, if we’ve learned anything about IT security in the last few years, it’s that breaches can – and do – happen despite the most robust security setups.

If your defenses have been penetrated, what helps you get your systems back online the fastest is a responsive data backup system (that you had the foresight to install prior to the attack). There are two setups that yield the best results: local virtualization and cloud backup. Both can get you back online within hours, if not minutes.

Local virtualization relies upon an on-site device that’s connected to your network. In case of a breach, the device is automatically quarantined. It is then used to restore access to your data by transferring the data to a “clean” server, or by acting as a server itself.

The second method is similar to the first. The difference is in the way the backed up data is stored and accessed. In local virtualization, the backup data can be accessed locally, on the backup device.

With the cloud backup, your data is sent to the cloud at selected time intervals – could be as often as once an hour. The task can be scheduled for non-business hours or overnight, so it does not interrupt normal business operations. If the need arises, you can access the saved data from a cloud portal – a secure, dedicated web page. In this manner, you’re able to restore individual files; or, in a disaster recovery scenario, activate servers in the cloud to replicate the compromised servers on site. In some scenarios, cloud servers can even be set up to mimic the function of your on-site servers, allowing authorized users to access the data the way they normally would.

Is Your Network Protected From Today Exploits? 

If you’re not sure, give BITS a call at 336.546.6660. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your IT security concerns. Our team is experienced in crafting customized solutions for the most stringent requirements.

By | 2018-05-15T11:49:08+00:00 May 15th, 2018|BITS Team, IT Services|