One of the major pitfalls of any business from an IT standpoint is not having a strong disaster recovery plan in the event of an IT nightmare. Many businesses don’t know what they will do if their website is down or if they walk into the office one day to find out their network has been hacked.
Having a disaster recovery plan is essential for any business. Not knowing exactly what to do when a disaster occurs will only cause more damage, since you’re giving the hacker more time to steal your confidential information. But how do you know if you have a strong enough plan? Here are some tips to consider.
Backup Your Files Frequently
You should always be backing up your files. This is one of the basic functions of all disaster recovery services, since you won’t lose everything if your network gets hacked. The biggest mistake business owners make is not placing a high level of importance on backing up files. Not only is this a key component of having a proactive IT management strategy, but it’s essential to still have something left of your business when a major disaster occurs.
Don’t Waste Time When Contacting Your Provider
If you aren’t using disaster recovery services for your business, it’s time to start. If you suspect your network is being targeted, contact your third-party hosting provider immediately. You may experience a few minutes of downtime as your provider looks into the issue, but it’s much better than being without your network for several hours, or even days. The mark of a quality disaster recovery plan is knowing who to call when you’re having IT-related issues, and calling them immediately when issues occur.
Test and Monitor Your Website Often
Your website should always be tested, including before, during and after a potential IT disaster. Using third-party disaster recovery services can help run these tests behind the scenes, so you won’t have to interrupt your workflow any given day. Running penetration and vulnerability tests can prevent attacks from occurring, or at the very least, minimize the damage done if a disaster strikes.
Single Point of Contact is here to help companies of any size develop a disaster recovery plan. We are available around the clock to help you monitor your website and alert you if an IT issue is occurring. Be sure to contact us at any time if you need help developing a plan or if you need any IT advice.