IT disasters involving data breaches have been major news stories in the last couple of years. Target, Sony, Premera and many large financial institutions have all reported extensive data loss as the result of a malicious cyber attack, but these problems aren’t going away. Having your IT solutions secure and ever-evolving could be the difference between a prosperous future and a messy, costly disaster that could seriously harm your company. When an IT disaster strikes, here’s how to prevent a total company-wide meltdown:
Have a Business Continuity Plan In Place
Your business should already have a business continuity plan in place for fires, earthquakes, and other disasters, but many don’t include data breaches or technological meltdowns as part of that strategy. Incorporating important IT details into your plan, such as essential operational equipment, software, and data into your recovery plan will help your team have a clear strategy to get back on its feet.
Test Your Plan
That all being said, a data disaster recovery plan is only useful if it works. Performing mock drills and tests with your team and IT solution will help you assess your plan’s strengths and weaknesses in the face of a disaster.
Redundancies, Redundancies, Redundancies
You can’t come back to operational capacity unless you have a jumping-off point. Having full backups both on-site and off will help you prepare for a quick recovery regardless of the nature of your catastrophe.
When things get nasty in an office environment, it can be hard to perceive how it looks to your customers, clients, and the public. Having a PR firm step may be a good way to assess the public’s perception from the outside, but keeping lines of communication open and reassuring your customers that your company is correcting the problems will help ease their fury and frustrations.
As with so many problems, prevention is often the best course of action. Having a reliable, knowledgeable IT team at your side is the best way to offset any potential IT nightmares that could befall a company, organization, or small business. CMIT Solutions of Seattle can perform an initial information technology security assessment and implement a custom-tailored plan to protect your valuable data and information for years to come. Schedule an appointment with a cyber security expert today.