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Cybersecurity. It’s in the news nearly every day. Actually, it is in the news every day. Whether it is a opportunistic criminal, a technologically advanced tween or the Russians, someone is coming for you. And, they will make you pay for your vulnerability. There is no doubt that cybersecurity is important and needs to be talked about. More needs to be done to provide businesses with methods to secure their infrastructure and client data. However, cybersecurity isn’t the only buzz-worthy term that should be finding its way into the news. Why isn’t the world talking about business continuity? Cybersecurity and business continuity are two terms that are inextricably linked, yet one remains in the shadows.
2017 has been an incredible year for business continuity and Invenio IT. It’s amazing to think about how far we’ve come in the last few years. And, without a doubt, last year has got to be my favorite to date. A ton of incredible things happened and we reached major milestones.
When a computer or entire infrastructure goes down, the disruption can be mitigated by restoring to a cloud-based virtual machine. Like magic, your business operations can continue—without interruption—from the VM.
A business’s ability to recover from a disaster depends on how extensively it plans before the disaster occurs. Without following the right disaster recovery methodology, organizations will struggle to restore operations after a critical event – if at all.
According to Douglas Barnett, Risk Control Strategy Manager at AXA Insurance, “80% of businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months.” That’s why testing your business continuity plan is so important.
It’s no secret that backing up your data is essential to surviving an IT disaster. But it’s only one part of the picture. How and where you perform those backups is just as important as having the backups in the first place. If you’re not using offsite disaster recovery to store and restore your data, then you’re putting your organization at risk.
With the height of the winter rapidly approaching in NewYork City, we are seeing many business owners scramble to re-assess and secure protection for their data and infrastructure. Businesses know that downtime is something they cannot afford, especially during the busy holiday season. That said, the fourth quarter tends to be very busy for us. If you are reading this and not taking the necessary steps to safeguard your business, keep reading. Here are 10 of our favorite 2016 disaster recovery statistics.
You’ve probably heard that knowledge means nothing if the person doesn’t apply it to their everyday life. Believe it or not, the same can be said for having a disaster continuity plan. Many businesses know just how important it is to be prepared, but the problem is that they’re not using their knowledge effectively. Most business disasters are unique, and it’s important that each one’s handled differently. For example, you wouldn’t deal with a power outage the same way you would handle a natural disaster. The former might cause a loss of data, but the latter could actually impact or even destroy the building itself. When creating a disaster continuity plan, what should you keep in mind?
Choosing the right business continuity providers will ensure that your business can rapidly recover after a critical event. But with so many different companies that provide business continuity services, the choices can be overwhelming.
In the finance industry, disasters are especially dangerous. Disruptions to a single bank’s operations have the power to tarnish the brand and disrupt entire markets. Data losses can compromise the financial information of thousands of customers. To avert these scenarios, a bank business continuity plan must account for every disaster possible, along with the proper protocols.
As a small business owner or manager, you realize that downtime is measured not just in hours and days, but also in lost revenue and lost opportunities. That’s why when a disaster of some kind hits your company and your operations are down, your primary concern (after the safety of employees and any others who might be affected) will be the question: when can we be up and running again? The answer to that question will depend, in large part, on how quickly you planned to be able to resume operations after a disruption. That’s why your disaster recovery plan (DRP) should be based on a disaster recovery RTO that is appropriate for your particular business functions and IT infrastructure.
When disaster strikes a manufacturing operation, production comes screeching to a halt. And with every minute of downtime that goes by, you lose more money. To help you prepare for the unexpected, we’ve put together this Manufacturing Disaster Recovery Plan Template, which outlines the organizational steps you’ll need to take, both before and after an emergency occurs.
There are so many business continuity solutions our there, it can be difficult to keep them all straight. Here is a list of some of the more popular solutions and how they compare against the Datto SIRIS platform.
Email is important to any business, and it’s never more important than when things go badly wrong. Customers and partners want to know what the situation is and how soon things will be back to normal.
A disaster recovery plan needs to set priorities for restoring service. Email needs to be near the top of the list, so that communication isn’t disrupted any longer than necessary. Email disaster recovery has three aspects that you need to know.
You’ve worked hard to build up your business, and it’s growing. The future looks bright. Then you get the news every small business owner or manager dreads – there’s been a fire, or a flood, or perhaps a tornado, or even an earthquake. Whatever the reason, your place of business has been rendered unusable, and for the moment at least, your entire operation has come to a halt. You need to know what makes up a killer business continuity plan.
Two of the most popular services in the hybrid cloud data backup and disaster recovery industry are Datto and Unitrends. A hybrid cloud service is a professional data backup and disaster recovery entity that provides backup services on both hardware and cloud platforms. This allows people to have the convenience of a hardware backup with the security of the virtual cloud. Because there are numerous options for data backup and disaster recovery, business leaders need to consider the qualities of every service before making a decision. Some of the details of Datto vs Unitrends are summarized here.
Preparing for an IT disaster is crucial for every business. But not all disaster recovery providers are made equal. As you compare your options, it’s important to consider the stark differences between various backup recovery technologies: how they work, how rapidly they restore your data and of course: how much they cost.
We are living in a volatile time when virtually anything could happen. Whether it’s a man-made incident, or a natural disaster, you have to consider your business could shut down for days in worst case scenarios. In the meantime, do you have any method of keeping your business going so you don’t face the severe reality of downtime?
Years ago it was common for hospitals and other HIPAA compliant health care organizations to focus on their daily operations instead of a disaster plan. Now, more leaders want to prepare a disaster recovery plan beforehand that will restore and protect their patient’s data during a natural disaster or system failure. Below are three detailed reasons why you should develop a HIPAA disaster recovery plan.
If you are looking to work with an MSP, you know there are a lot of options. So many options, in fact, that it can seem overwhelming. Which means, finding a technology partner that complements your business is no easy task. Here is a list of 5 tips that you can use to help narrow down the field.
With so many options for data backup and disaster recovery available, it is important to fully flesh out Datto vs Continuum so every business owner can make the proper selection.
When a computer virus infected the IT systems of a UK hospital group in November 2016, the group was forced to halt operations at three hospitals. For five excruciating days, the hospitals turned patients away while they shut down their systems to isolate and remove the virus. According to a report in Computing.co.uk, some experts now speculate there may not have been a hospital business continuity plan in place that would have helped to keep the facilities running during the disaster.
A tornado will strike your office at 8:37 tonight. Will your business be up and running again tomorrow? If you haven’t planned for a worst-case scenario, the answer is no: not tomorrow and possibly not ever. We’ve created this simple checklist for disaster recovery plans to help you plan for how you’ll restore your operations after a disaster.
Last week, we outlined some of the technology that protects your data and business against downtime, ultimately setting Datto apart and leaving any competition in the dust. Now, let’s take a look at the Datto products themselves. Today, we’ll cover the Datto SIRIS, Datto NAS, Backupify as well as the Datto Drive and Datto DNA.
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What does business continuity in higher education look like today? At a time when colleges and universities are more reliant than ever on IT, it’s critical for administrators to place greater focus on securing their schools’ networks and data.
We have all seen the news, heard the stories and even know people who have been hit by ransomware. The number of ransomware attacks is soaring, with over four times the amount of attacks expected in 2016 versus YAG. So, how is intelligent business continuity leader, Datto, combatting ransomware?
Did you know Datto encryption technology offers the same level of security used by the National Security Agency (NSA) to protect top-secret government data? Learn what else makes Datto’s encryption so secure.
Ransomware is an epidemic and security alone is not the answer. Learn to mitigate the impact of an attack as well as how to remove CryptoLocker.