Many business owners on the east coast already have a hurricane preparedness plan. However, some owners may not be taking the extra steps necessary to properly secure their business’s IT infrastructure from a natural disaster. In today’s tips and tricks, we will discuss some suggested best practices to help businesses better prepare for the impending Hurricane Florence and any other disaster that could occur in the future.
Use the cloud for anything you can
Many businesses keep critical servers, systems, and data on-site. That may make it easier for your IT team to service and maintain those important systems, but it can spell doom if your office takes on damage from a natural disaster. Cloud storage and web applications ensure that your important data and processes are always available, no matter what happens. They’re also incredibly convenient for the mobile workforce.
Back everything up, everywhere
Cloud services should also be used to create regular, redundant data backups in case your systems are damaged or compromised by a security threat. Don’t limit your backups to just the obvious stuff. If your company uses smartphones and mobile applications as part of its workflow, make sure the data on those devices is also backed up. In addition to using cloud storage, it’s wise to create hard-drive backups in case the online service you use is compromised or temporarily inaccessible.
Secure all your backups
You should apply the same security practices to your backups as you do with all your business data. That means encrypting all your files, whether they’re online or on a hard drive. Otherwise, one stolen drive or password could put all your company’s critical data in the wrong hands. And of course, please don’t use passwords that are ridiculously easy to guess
Ensure your tech is safe
An out-of-date operating system (OS) or unpatched software can be rife with security holes. To avoid exploits, make sure your software and OS are set up to install all the latest updates. They should include all the necessary security patches and other critical updates, and you can configure your PC to install them automatically. In Windows 10, automatic updates are enabled by default
Keep important documents offline
Even if you have a well-thought-out plan, a disaster may make it inaccessible if it’s stored on a computer. Make sure you have printed-out versions of your emergency contact lists, employee roles, and disaster response plans and that they’re easily accessible for your entire team. It’s also a good idea to create a map of your systems architecture in the event your IT team cannot be on site. At least two people should be trained to do every disaster-recovery task.
When in doubt, ask for help
Even when there isn’t a disaster to contend with, running a small- or medium-sized business can be a handful! If you need access to an IT expert that can ensure your disaster-response plan is built for success, OnPar Technologies is here to help. Ensure you have all the bases covered by contacting Onpar Technologies at 919-926-9619 or email email@example.com