Broadleaf Services October 2019

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Don't be Scared! Be Prepared!

OCTOBER 2019

I t’s no secret that cybercriminals are stealing and destroying valuable company data at a staggering rate, costing companies an unfathomable amount of money. Recent studies show that security issues cost businesses $400 billion a year. And if this isn’t scary enough, cybercrime, natural disasters, and power outages can result in downtime from which a business may never recover. What makes these issues worse is many of the businesses we speak to have implemented insufficient backup and disaster recovery services. In the event of a disaster or data loss, losing access to mission-critical

systems and data can result in severe financial and reputational damage for the company. There is good news, however. You can implement a premium backup and disaster recovery solution at an affordable cost. Data Backup It’s essential to analyze your current backup and disaster recovery strategy to ensure it meets the organization’s recovery objectives. It is important to understand that data backup is not, in and of itself, a disaster recovery strategy. It should be viewed as an important component in an effective disaster recovery plan. While this will ensure your data is protected, the time it takes to recover and restore is another aspect of preparedness companies need to examine. Disaster Recovery A disaster recovery plan ensures a business is protected from the worst-case scenario, and its mission-critical servers, applications, and data can be back up and running in a time frame that meets agreed upon recovery objectives. A good DR plan mitigates the risk of human error when an employee accidentally deletes a file or falls for a phishing email attempt, ransomware, or other cyberattacks. The plan requires the stakeholders of the organization to

work with the IT provider to establish the “ground rules” of a recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO). RTO is simply an understanding of how long the company can afford to be without access to critical applications and data. RPO focuses on how much data your company can afford to lose. The company should develop a data protection policy agreement. The agreement will need to include plans for any hardware replacement to get the business up and running after an event. The plan also needs to be updated and tested yearly to be certain it will run smoothly in the event of a disaster. All of this information does not have to spook you into a state of helplessness and fear. With the advent of DRaaS, we offer small to medium businesses affordable solutions that will protect data and ensure access to mission-critical systems to meet recovery objectives. It’s no longer a matter of “if” but rather “when” your business will be affected by some event, so make sure you are prepared. DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

–Chuck Mosca

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