Protecting Technology: It’s More Than Meets the IT

If you focus on today’s headlines, it may seem like threats to business are becoming more frequent and severe. You might even believe Mother Nature and nefarious individuals are conspiring against us, causing record-breaking storms and data theft a weekly basis.

We still face serious questions regarding the security of our data. But fortunately, we live in an age where options for data security are becoming more and more available and affordable.

Despite this, many organizations are not sufficiently preparing for physical recovery from a data breach—and therein lies the problem.

While data recovery is an essential step in a comprehensive disaster plan, it is useless if your offsite storage or recovery solution becomes inaccessible due to lack of internet, power or suitable workplace conditions. Even when organizations utilize a work-from-home strategy, concerns about data integrity and employee productivity remain.

Logic demands that other critical elements must be accessible in order to recover. If you were to lose power for an extended period, do you know what type and size generator you would need, and how you would connect, maintain and refuel it? Would you be able to quickly restore communications if phones or internet went down? And do you know where personnel would relocate should your location(s) sustain serious damage? You must have a plan to relocate personnel to a site that accommodates your staff, equipment and customer needs. Bear in mind that moving to another city, or even simply across your own town, could present massive complications to employees with families, children and pets.

Remember, preparing for disasters isn’t just a data issue—and it certainly isn’t limited to IT functions. It’s about protecting your day-to-day ability to serve your customers in a safe environment, away from the chaos of disaster zones.

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