2018 January POINT!


THE POINT! ISSUE #3515 - January 2018 Editorial staff: Kaylee Terracina, Nate Fisher, Cynthia Reid

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DAVID HAGER Devon Energy Corporation Vice Chair, Forward Oklahoma City CARL E. EDWARDS Price Edwards & Company Vice Chair, Innovation and Bioscience STEVE HAHN AT&T Oklahoma Vice Chair, Membership JUDY J. HATFIELD, CCIM Equity Commercial Realty, LLC Vice Chair, Military and Aerospace BRADLEY W. KRIEGER Arvest Bank Vice Chair, Government Relations TOM J. MCDANIEL American Fidelity Foundation Vice Chair, MAPS Development

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by Steve Westerman, Director of Product and Marketing, Cox Business Business Continuity: Is Your Business Prepared?

Obviously weather-related disasters are a frequent concern for all Oklahoma businesses. But unfortunately, the disaster threat doesn’t stop there. What if a fire interrupts your business? Or a power surge destroys your computers? Or if some kind of human error accidentally erases your files or customer data? And then there’s the 24/7 threat of cybercrime; the potential risk of financial loss, intellectual property theft, data theft, reputation damage and legal exposure has made cybersecurity a critical business priority as well. Business continuity, disaster recovery and digital security should all be integrated into the day-to-day operations of your business. Here are some key points that should be top of mind with every business and organization today:

2. Consider Offsite Backup Solutions 1. BusinessContinuity PlanningandManagement To keep your business functioning beyond an unforeseen ca- lamity, it’s critical to have a business continuity plan in place. Small businesses are especially at risk; the SBA estimates that up to 40% of small businesses never reopen following a major catastrophe. However, with today’s technology, it’s easier than ever for a business owner to take significant steps to- ward keeping his or her company running. As a local technol- ogy partner, Cox Business can help evaluate your current If your business depends on data and generates revenue and services based on that data, it’s critical to have an offsite location where you can store data should a disaster strike. A specifically built colocation site — typically within 90 to 120 miles of your primary location — is a reliable and safe way to protect, secure and recover mission-critical data.

3. The Cyber Threat is Real

4. Mitigate the Risk In today’s massively networked world, no business can afford to go it alone. Partner with technology ex- perts who have the skill, experience and local re- sources to help you make business continuity and cybersecurity an ongoing priority, not just tasks on a “to do” list. inals, begin by evaluating your technical infrastructure. Knowing your IT environment inside and out is a critical first step in safeguarding it. Cyber threats and attacks require multi-faceted approaches. While each organiza- tion needs to implement a customized solution, all com- panies should utilize a holistic, end-to-end strategy. Cybercrime is fundamentally an IT issue. If you want to protect your company from cybercrim-


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