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March 31, 2016

Achieving Peace of Mind with a Robust BDR Plan

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It seems hard to believe that in this era of cyberattacks, phishing schemes and ransomware that businesses don’t have the proper safeguards in place to protect their most critical assets. But IT experts agree that many organizations still haven’t developed a formal defense strategy for protecting their intellectual property and trade secrets, and avoiding the costly downtime associated with a network outage potentially caused by everything from wild weather to malicious hackers.

It’s that variability that causes businesses to underprepare. If weather isn’t a concern, business owners may neglect to protect their organizations from natural disasters while overextending themselves on cyber-based initiatives. For companies in regions that experience major events like hurricanes, more emphasis may be given to protecting against climate impact than ransom artists. That’s why today’s businesses should transition to an approach to back-up and disaster recovery planning (BDR) that automates key tasks and operates seamlessly in the background providing total coverage.

One of the best ways to protect a network and create a culture that prioritizes disaster recovery planning is to involve all levels of personnel in your organization. To that end, educating a workforce about the variety of ways the organization can be affected by an outage is essential to building awareness that promotes vigilance. For instance, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that 40 percent of businesses that encounter a natural disaster fail to ever reopen – figures like those make the need for an effective BDR strategy relevant to everyone.

Awareness is step one. The execution of a backup plan and recovery strategy is step two, and cloud technology plays a vital role in protecting organizations and helping them rebound quickly in the wake of an outage. With cloud backup, data is stored securely in an off-site location in the event your organization is attacked. Going one step further, a hybrid backup solution provides both remote backup to the cloud and backs up data locally for even faster recovery times. Either option provides the peace of mind organizations need to know their data is secure. Products like Sage Construction Project Center provide the cloud storage necessary to not only seamlessly backup data in a remote location but to also increase jobsite efficiency by making files and reports available anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Most experts agree that in addition to education, saving at least three copies of their most important data is essential, along with using at least two different types of storage for saving those vital files. For construction and real estate companies, using an off-site data center and cloud storage backup helps ensure that in the event of a widespread outage, at least one of those storage repositories has remained online and kept your data protected and accessible. According to the research firm IDC, every hour of unplanned downtime can cost a business between $8,220 and $25,600 – making an investment in a backup and disaster recovery plan now a smart one.

For more information on how USI can help your business build an effective BDR plan to preserve workplace efficiency and protect mission-critical data, contact us today.


 

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