Why is lethargy and ignorance as much of a threat to business continuity as disaster itself?
An essential part of maintaining business continuity in the event of a disaster is backing up your data and keeping it secure, because, should disaster strike and your data prove unrecoverable, your business could be forced to close.
Regardless of such dire consequences, the fact is, that over 50% of UK SMEs remain ignorant of the risk. Instead of planning for a disaster, they do nothing, risking both their own livelihoods and those of their workforce.
Awareness of the dangers and implementing business continuity solutions gives you the opportunity to do something about it, helping to safeguard your business today – and tomorrow. But, what are the dangers and where do the threats come from?
Disaster and recovery – obvious threats
The more familiar threats to the integrity of your data come in the form of cyber-criminals, natural weather-related occurrences, and human error. Recent high-profile cases point to the rise in ransomware attacks but major disruption has also been caused to businesses by flooding, or people simply disconnecting a power supply.
Without a proper disaster recovery plan in place, it could take you weeks to get back up and running. By consulting with an expert business continuity service provider, you can insure your business against such events. The continual automated backup of your systems means that any data lost can be quickly and easily restored in a very short period of time.
Disaster and recovery – less obvious threats
Moving to the Cloud – as your business evolves, a less obvious threat comes in the form of transitioning your environment to the Cloud. As your data grows in volume and your network expands to accommodate mobile users, adequate backup and recovery and network monitoring are essential to secure your files and alert you to any unusual activity.
Lethargy and ignorance – according to market sources, more than half of all SMEs don’t perform a daily backup. The assumptions could be that backup is time-consuming and costly or that they don’t need to because they are ignorant of the consequences or maintain a ‘won’t happen to us’ attitude.
The dangers of not having a disaster recovery strategy include:
- loss of data
- loss of revenue
- high cost of replacing costly hardware/software
- loss of client confidence
- inability to continue to operate.
Reasons to use ASL’s disaster recovery services
ASL are a specialist provider of disaster recovery services with 20 years of experience helping SMEs guard against the worst happening.
Planning for a disaster means your systems and files are protected against human error, natural disaster or malicious attack, enabling you to continue to operate your business with minimal disruption. We consult with you to fully understand your business needs, and offer tailored backup and recovery solutions that match your requirements.
To find out how to provision for data backup and disaster recovery, contact us at ASL on 0345 862 0350.