The Importance of Disaster Recovery
A lesson in Disaster Recovery – Last week yet another small business came to us with a problem we’re starting to see more of. Their server had been hit with ransomware. It was locked down and all the files had been deleted or encrypted, rendering the server useless. They had several PC’s on the network that was at risk of being infected by a ransomware as well.
All the computers, servers, and data the company uses to operate had been removed in the blink of an eye.
Most small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) don’t normally think of themselves as a target for this kind of attack. Malwarebytes, a leader in the fight against malware, found that 81% of SMBs have been a target of a cyber-attack.
Disaster can strike from many angles. It may not be a virus or ransomware. It could be a natural disaster, hardware failure, or a mistake by an employee. The point is, if you’re not prepared for total disaster then you’re playing Russian roulette with your business. At any moment you could fall victim to one of these potential disasters.
It’s more important than ever to have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place. Even if you only have a few computers, there is a good chance they are critical to the day-to-day success of your business.
Disaster Recovery? What does that mean exactly?
Disaster Recovery Plans are plans that can return your data in the event of absolute disaster. If all or even part of your business’s resources are damaged or destroyed, all the data will be secure. Simply put, a disaster recovery plan will ensure that no matter what, your business’s data can be recovered and restored so you can continue operating in the shortest time possible.
Why do I need a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes. Here in the Midwest our weather definitely throws a wrench in plans occasionally. Blizzards and thunderstorms can knock out the power, but in a worst-case scenario a tornado comes through and wipes out your facility. Obviously, you cannot predict nor prevent something like a natural disaster.
Other types of disasters include hardware failure, viruses, malware, and ransomware attacks. These can completely crash a system, or like in the case above, completely lock an entire network and hold the data hostage.
In this infographic from Zetta.net, you can see that 73% of businesses would lose between $0-$100k in the event of a total system failure. That is a huge amount to consider from any business standpoint.
Fifty-four percent of businesses find a data recovery plan to be too costly. If you consider the cost of total system failure, new equipment, and downtime ordering/ setting it all up, a simple disaster recovery plan doesn’t seem like a hassle at that point.
Disaster Recovery Plans are flexible. Once they are put in place it’s easy for them to grow with your business. It’s not something you would need to constantly be tinkering with as you operate.
You don’t need to be huge cooperation to have a disaster recovery plan. It’s something every business should have. There are many solutions that can fit any sized business’s needs without breaking the bank.
How do I design and implement a Disaster Recovery Plan?
This is something that is better left to professionals. It can be time-consuming to form, implement, and sustain a disaster recovery plan. Many organizations don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to this process, but it is critical for your business’s growth and survival long-term.
What can we do?
Elkhorn Computer (now ECS Technology Solutions) specializes in disaster recovery plans as well as a multitude of other services specifically designed to help your business grow and succeed.
As for the business that had their server locked by ransomware…. They had a backup plan in place! We were able to recover everything within a couple of days and all their data was saved. They were prepared on the backup side of things, but now they’re working on network security!