In the event that your business succumbs to internal/external threats, your hardware, software and sensitive data can suddenly be an easy target for data loss, cyber hacking or theft. It is important you can implement a ready contingency plan in the case of your IT infrastructure becoming at risk.
Disaster recovery plans should be detailed and ready to implement for any scenario. This could not only help you to save hundreds or thousands of pounds of equipment being broken into, but also ensure that your virtual assets are properly protected.
Our experts are here to help you accurately determine what steps need to be taken and to what extent the particular types of threats could have on your IT.
Business continuity planning
Security of your network is an area which requires careful planning and ongoing reviews. It isn’t enough just to address your IT security once and then decide to address it once something affects your business systems. It could be too late…
Business continuity plans should cater for short term, localised disasters power/service outages etc. to days long building wide problems or even to a permanent loss of a building or natural disasters. Attacks on your IT setup are susceptible to all types of risks, not just cyber threats.
Remember that a business continuity plan is not only there to protect your data, but your sites, and your employees.
Disaster recovery strategies
It is important to determine the scale of a threat to your network by devising a business impact analysis. This assessment is there for you to determine the likelihood of the different types of threats to your network, what tools ought to be put in place to combat them and who holds what responsibility.
Disaster recovery and business should go hand in hand to securely safeguard your business practices, along with the applications and data on your network.
Your business relies on the security and correct use of your data. Everything from personal employee records to accounting statistics, customer details, confidential reports etc are all open to being lost if your network is not properly safeguarded and the correct backup procedures are in place to store your data.
Loss of data can really put your business in a worrying predicament, and we have seen too many times over, in the local area and in the national press, businesses that have leaked confidential data or have been unable to restore valuable backups. This just shouldn’t be the case. Every disaster recovery strategy should always address how data is stored and backed up.
Many businesses recognise the need for offsite backup. Offsite backup guarantees that should your business premises become compromised or suffer from a natural disaster, then you can rest assured that your data is stored far away from your physical premises in one of our very own, highly secure data center’s.
An effective disaster recovery service will dramatically reduce downtime, as there is an outlined process with a clear contingency plan should something affect the stability or performance of your network.
Critical business downtime
For many industries, just a few minutes’ downtime can seriously affect processes, lose money and prevent vital communication.
Information systems that are affected of a critical nature will instantly be alerted to our attention. A lot of the time we will be aware and already proactively working on resolving the issue, even before you’re aware there is one.
It is also key that the chain of command is stated in a disaster recovery plan. This way, we can always ensure that the right people are contacted in your business about each scenario.
For businesses that genuinely want to understand the potential brevity of an attack on their network, our team have ‘staged’ attacks using penetration testing. This form of controlled attack determines the vulnerability of hardware and the potentially harmful traffic which can flow into your network.
Pen testing is used by organisations around the world to simulate a specific type of attack. This is probably the most accurate way to decide on how your business will respond, whilst taking into consideration the type of damage that could be done.
These simulations can also test your cloud based applications whilst putting your physical setup through various stress tests.
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