Today, organizations depend on IT to streamline their business operations. It is crucial for organizations to ensure their data is safe in the event of an unexpected disaster.
Disasters are impossible to prevent; whether it is natural or human-induced. The associated results can range from small operational interruptions to permanent business shutdown. Research reveals that almost 93% of companies are not able to continue their business when affected by a catastrophic event. It is the loss of the organization data, during times of disaster, that affects businesses. Therefore, it becomes imperative for organizations to have a proper business continuity plan in place to tackle the ripple effects caused by a disaster.
Below are the points that emphasize the perils of not having a contingency plan.
Before we proceed, look at what constitutes a disaster. A disaster refers to any disruption, either small or big, that impedes organizations’ business operations and results in a business loss. This disaster can be classified into three types, natural, human-induced, and human mistakes.
Four major reasons that threaten your organization’s data and IT
1. Unplanned events: Disasters like fire, explosion, flood, and cyclones will cause damage to your entire IT and data. Hence, results in operational and financial implications.
2. System failure: Your system may fail due to various reasons like a sudden rise in power voltage, improper system shutdown, virus or malware attacks, and other such issues. It will eventually lead to data loss and thereby affects the organization’s productivity.
3. Human error: Your staff, not always, but they tend to make mistakes. Accidental deletion of critical files, updating patches without checking system compatibilities will eventually lead to data loss, business interruptions and even pose potential cyber threats.
4. Outside threats: In today’s cyber world, organizations’ data are subjected to significant risks from the outside world. The objective of any such threat incident is to exploit the business data and thereby interrupt operations.
Disaster Recovery and Backup- Your supporting pillars!
By leveraging Disaster Recovery and backup technology, organizations can minimize their IT downtime and ensure business continuity. With Backup, organizations can secure their data by storing a copy of their original data far from their primary location. Disaster Recovery is the process of replicating your primary IT location in a distant place. Therefore, if a disaster strikes and the IT faces a downtime, the secondary site will become the production site and enables organizations to perform business operations.
Therefore, implementing effective data protection strategies and having a highly- automated DR methodologies will help you to safeguard your mission-critical data.