Most businesses can forecast how their sales will be months and even years into the future. However, the most savvy business person cannot predict when catastrophe will strike or how it will impact their bottom line.
Make a Plan
Every individual – not just a business owner – needs a plan that focuses on two areas: prevention and recovery. Prevention aims to prevent disaster from striking. Recovery is the backup plan or what to do when the unforeseeable happens. By combining both aspects, the possibility of losing all data to a major catastrophe such as a hurricane, theft, or data breach is greatly minimized.
Anti-virus software is widely available, coming in the form of paid, free, and freemium solutions. These programs are designed to find and remove viruses from your system, and if used regularly, can prevent loss of data and other serious damage. Unfortunately, a virus is only one of several deadly threats to your system.
Trojans, spyware, adware, worms, and rootkits are just some of the known threats that can compromise the integrity of your system and result in time lost in recovery efforts. A good anti-malware program will go beyond virus scanning to detect and remove the malcious software on your system. Once you find a piece of software you can count on, be sure to set it to receive automatic updates so you can stay protected against the latest threats.
The key to successful recovery is in the backup. But the methods of getting there have changed. Magnetic tape has long been proven unreliable. And while discs, flash drives, and external hard drives are great for occasional hard saves and recoveries, they often do not have the most recent version of files and documents. Backup software like ShadowProtect is quickly becoming the defacto standard for disaster recovery needs. Driven by disk imaging technology, these programs protect every thing on your server from applications to services, while offering the ability to quickly restore the entire system following an untimely disaster.
Check Your Backup
So you’ve got your backups all situated. Good to go, right? Not until you thoroughly test them first. Whether it’s corruption or an incomplete save, there are a number of malfunctions that may stand in the way of a successful recovery. The only surefire way to make sure your company can rebound from a disaster is to check your copies before it strikes.This can be as simple as opening the backup and clicking on files and programs. If they open and function correctly, it is a good sign the copy is usuable.
A full test of your recovery system should be performed at least once a year. Although it would be ideal to conduct your testing on a backup server to limit any downtime, if you don’t have an extra one handy, then you just gotta make do with what you’ve got. A little downtime now to troubleshoot future problems can save you a lot of trouble when disaster rears its ugly mug.