Why Increased Cyber Security Will Not Save Your Business
Increased cyber security is only part of the equation
Preventing Cybercrime with increased cyber security is a nice idea, but it may not be possible in a lot of cases. However, what is possible is making sure that businesses are prepared with a back-up plan—enter the need for Business Continuity.
Business continuity really can’t be the red-headed stepchild any longer. Every–single–day we are inundated with stories about the latest hacks and the importance of cybersecurity. As we all know, in just the past few months, there have been dozens of very high profile attacks.
While cybersecurity is a serious issue that needs to be addressed ASAP, the infiltration is only half the story. What happens after the interruption is detected? Are businesses able to stay up and running? Many of them cannot—especially with the new trend of ransomware. Just recently, there was a hospital in California that was brought to its knees conducting business with a pen and paper until they paid the hackers to regain access to their systems. While some companies can “afford” downtime or to pay a ransom, many cannot. So, while the need for increased cyber security is an important story, it isn’t a complete one. There will always be threats—some of which cannot be stopped– the real question is how well will you weather the storm. Here are three simple steps to business continuity:
- Get Ready
- Save data to a local device and replicate it to a secure cloud—on a routine basis! And, make sure you have image-based backup technology to ensure a “picture” of your entire system is taken, so that all files, applications, emails, etc. are recoverable. Backups are verified via email “snapshots”.
- Go Time
- Ensure you have technology in place that notifies you automatically when a disruption is recognized. Once detected, virtualize your entire system to a local device in seconds, while a team works to restore the production server.
- Continue with Business as Usual
- Sit back and enjoy true business continuity. Even if there’s a breach or physical damage to servers or data, image-based technology protects you and your business against data loss and very costly downtime.
Thwarting cyber attacks isn’t just about more security. And, as business continuity specialists, know how to use technology to minimize the damage of an attack. Let us know if you need our help.