Are you and your business prepared for an IT disaster? You should be!

There are plenty of things that can go wrong when running a business. With our increasing reliance on technology, an IT disaster is a distinct possibility. Not only could it happen, but if we are trusting our IT system to hold important information and operations, what happens to them if the worst happens and your technology goes down?

Think of it like this…

If there were a fire in the office, you would hear fire alarms, have a planned escape route and have a fire extinguisher on hand to put the fire out. Your IT system should be approached in the same way. You need to know the warning signs, know how to get out of the IT disaster zone and find a way to solve the problem.

Investing in CNS’ IT support means that you are always prepared should you find your business amidst a disaster. We’ll help you put plans in place to get you out of any sticky IT situation. This kind of IT support is incredibly important. Whether you employ professionals like us to do it or not, your business needs to know what it’s plan of action is if you are hit with a problem.

But it’s not just about being able to pick up the pieces after the fact, we can help you get defences in place to help prevent an IT catastrophe.

So what sort of things should you have in place?

We’ve put together a list of some of the most important things that your business should have in place to either prevent an IT disaster, or help your business deal with the problem should it arise.

1. Disaster Recovery Planning

Keeping the latest version of critical data safe, and making it quickly and easily available after an IT disaster is key to rapid disaster recovery, and CNS have the expertise to help clients to produce comprehensive and practical plans for recovery after a disaster including secure offsite storage for copies on disk, and offsite system replication of critical data.

2. Backup Systems

We cannot stress highly enough the importance of backing up data and doing it in a way that means up to date information can be accessed as soon as possible, yet has security of both the stored data and access to it built in. Not only might your business depend on this data, but maybe your clients livelihoods depend on it too? It’s precious stuff that you need to keep safe.

3. Antivirus Protection

Viruses and security breaches in your system are a constant threat to your system and your data. They can come from anywhere, from the internet to a spam email. You need to make sure that your business has the best security and antivirus protection available so that you are not forced to use your IT disaster recovery plan and your backup system.

4. Security

With more and more businesses giving employees the ability to work remotely and the widely used policy of contractors being on site and having access to online services, a robust security policy allied to a range of security tools is vital to most businesses. Even something as simple as having good password protection in place, can help prevent a security disaster.

So, simply by making sure that you have these systems/plans in place, you can avoid a disaster before it happens, or you know how to deal with it should your business be hit with the worst.  An ‘it will never happen to me’ attitude is a sure-fire way to see your company struggle. Protect your business because, in the long run, it’s not worth the risk.