Looking To Save Almost 100K This Year? Start With Your SMB…
A lack of strong upfront investment in IT resources is a primary cause of downtime. And don’t forget to factor in the cost of fixing the issue. With no guarantee that it will even help your post-crash PR…
The good news? There are steps you can take to protect your business and its assets. Read on for 3 of our strongest recommendations to prevent downtime in 2018.
1) Location Independence
When your system’s down, all you can do is wait, right? (Cue the agonized hand-wringing and hair-pulling.) Wrong. Dead wrong. With the Cloud at your disposal, you can work from anywhere.
You could work from home, on the subway, or even on a park bench stroking a cat. (Our personal recommendation.) The cloud gives you location independence…and that is a beautiful thing.
The point is, you have options. So use them. Here are three of our top picks for collaborative applications you can explore:
Confluence by Atlassian
Confluence is a platform that focuses on team ownership and collaboration. From document creation to project collaboration, it’s a robust platform with plenty of social features.
Office 365 by Office.com
An integrated suite of applications, including email, calendar and address books that are accessed via the Internet 24/7.
G Suite by Google
A suite of collaboration products for teams and small businesses. Web conferencing, file sharing, and scheduling in the cloud.
Many tools come with their own cloud-based solutions. So before shelling out for something new, have a look at your existing infrastructure.
2) Know Your Recovery Plan In Advance
Disaster recovery is essentially imagining issues that could happen and what you could do to solve them or strategically reduce their damage. It’s important to be prepared, and a disaster is inherently unexpected. So the questions you ask are paramount here: How will you reestablish all your systems? How will you minimize the impact of the failure? How will you recover your lost data?
Here are a few of the critical elements in building your disaster recovery plan:
- Identify critical data. (Know what you have and where it is).
- Think about backup options and their advantages. Your backup must be offsite, secure, and available for recovery 24/7. One good option is an online backup.
- If for any reason you have chosen to outsource your backup needs, make sure that you choose a provider that offers security, monitoring, and support.
- Backup means nothing without recovery…so be sure that you are familiar with your chosen recovery process and confident that it will work in a bind.
- You also need a disaster recovery plan for your communications. For example, consider setting up alternative methods of communication such as cell phones, instant messaging, Skype, or a web-based e-mail service like Gmail or Yahoo.
3) An Ounce Of Prevention…
Here’s a little riddle for you. Who isn’t going to lose $90K in 2018, suffer irreparable PR damage, and lasting fallout on multiple fronts? If you guessed companies who are proactive instead of reactive about their digital defenses, here’s a gold star. If you guessed otherwise, come see us in 2019…we’d love to hear how it all worked out for you.
Instead of being overly reactive once it’s too late to do anything but play catch-up, why not leverage your digital defenses to the hilt before there’s even a problem? Really, what’s it worth to you? $90K?
Sure, you could suffer a crushing loss of business, revenue flow, client goodwill and more. Fun stuff, right? Or you could do the responsible thing and invest in 24/7, off-site protection for your business, your money, and your company’s future.
System downtime can strike from anywhere, at any time. Human error? Plenty of that to go around. Natural disasters? The only questions are where and how many. Deliberate and malicious attacks by highly trained and motivated criminals? That barely makes the afternoon news these days.
Get some help now from our experts through a free Cyber Security audit of your business.