Taking steps to safeguard data

Taking steps to safeguard data

April 25

It’s no secret that a data disruption can cost a small business thousands, if not millions, of dollars, but surprisingly, only about a quarter of businesses are aware of the actual impact an outage could have on their company.

A study by Continuity Insights shows 62 percent of those surveyed knew what would happen to their organizations if they lost data for five days or more, but 57 percent of businesses don’t use the cloud as part of their business continuity plans. This means companies are relying completely on physical hard disk backups, Windows recovery, or other on-premises measures, depending on individual operations. What’s more, 30 percent of businesses don’t have any regular checks or review processes to make sure their system backup software is operating correctly or effectively.

Data loss can stem from a number of incidents, including natural disaster, cyberattack, and employee error. Apart from using disk drives or portable tapes, those businesses not operating within the cloud could follow Boeing’s example and use third-party contractors to test their IT infrastructure. The company has been using college students and independent hackers to test their company’s security, and though Beoing utilizes more conventional data backup solutions, the aircraft manufacturer is also being proactive in its data maintenance. By continually testing its firewall, Boeing is making sure its business continuity plans are always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Japanese firms have been particularly proactive in their disaster recovery planning since the catastrophic earthquakes last year. A quarter of businesses surveyed by AT&T plan to invest in new virtualization methods, while about 35 percent will move to the cloud. More than half will incorporate mobile devices and security in future IT recovery solutions.